The following articles are related to the topic of GOODNESS

The Magic of Kindness

An inspired writer declared: "That which makes a man desirable is his kindness" (Prov. 19:22). A non-inspired writer, the celebrated William Shakespeare, mused: "Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, shall win my love." While "kindness" may be disdained by the brutal and go unappreciated by the insensitive, it is applauded in any cultured society. The value of the "milk ... read more »

How Do I Deal with Conflicting Emotions?

I am a single Christian mother. I made a serious mistake and conceived a baby out of wedlock. I love my little girl very much. I struggle with what I've done, but I can't bring myself to be sorry that I have this child. She is the joy of my life. Can you give me advice you feel would help ... read more »

Deuteronomy 5:3,12 – The Scope of the Sabbath

To whom was the seventh-day sabbath a religious obligation? To the whole of humanity from the beginning of time? Or just to the Israelite nation from the era of Sinai? Modern sabbatarians argue for the former view, but the Scriptures support the latter conclusion. In a preface to the inauguration of the Ten Commandments, Moses declared: "Jehovah made not this ... read more »

Nehemiah 2:8 – Providence

The ways of divine providence are difficult to fathom. The reason for this is that in providence God is operating "behind the scenes." Unlike a miracle, providence is not a physically demonstrable proposition. We know that our Maker operates providentially only because the Scriptures plainly teach this concept. There are many clear cases of Heaven's providential activity in the Scriptures ... read more »

1 Thessalonians 1:9 – Conversion – A Turning Process

It is an amazing thing that there are so many people who entertain the notion that conversion to Christ involves merely a warm feeling of trust in Jesus - without any real reformation of lifestyle from evil to good. It must be a comforting dogma, but it is without scriptural substance. The Thessalonicans are a case in point. When confronted ... read more »

Zephaniah 1:12 — The Theory of a Detached God

In describing the coming destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonians, Zephaniah vividly depicts the attitudes and conduct of the citizens of Judah. They practiced idolatry, political corruption was rampant, and violence and materialism stalked the land. Did these Hebrews think that this deviate conduct would be overlooked by their Maker? Apparently so. Many of them affirmed: "Jehovah ... read more »

The Corinthian Church – Confidence or Coercion?

Paul "boasted" about the Corinthian church. He lived there for a year and a half, "teaching the word of God among them" (Acts 18:11, ESV). He was confident in their agape (dedicated) love for the Lord's work. A large cooperative effort was underway. Paul encouraged support for impoverished Christians in Jerusalem. The Corinthians' interest was known by Paul, but a ... read more »

A Message from an Angel

In the 14th chapter of the book of Revelation, the apostle John, while exiled on the island of Patmos, sees a vision of a Lamb on Mount Zion. Though the Lamb had been slain, he now is "standing" (cf. 5:6). This most certainly is a representation of the resurrection of God's slain Lamb, Jesus Christ (cf. John 1:29; 1 Peter ... read more »

The Fragrance of Christian Influence

People have long been aware of the value of influence. Plutarch said that "a word or nod from a good person has more weight than the eloquent speeches of others." Just as plants yield fragrances, so people exert influence - for good or ill. What Is Influence? Influence sometimes is defined as the "ability to produce an effect without apparent ... read more »

That Nameless, Unreasoning, Unjustified Terror

What are you afraid of? Are you afraid of rejection; of not being loved? Are you afraid that change would bring about new failures? Would another personal defeat be unbearable? If it's the present you fear, or the future, you're not alone. You have lots of company-every man and woman on earth. Justifiable fear guards against recklessness. But that "nameless, ... read more »