Goodness

July 3, 2017

“God works through all kinds of people and in all kinds of situations to bring good into the world. Goodness even shines in times of sadness and tragedy. Every good gesture that comes in a bad situation is from God. Even every good gesture that comes through a bad person is from God.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis)

 

“You can never be “good enough” on your own to please God. Only the Holy Spirit has what it takes to give us what it takes to please God: His essential goodness reproduced in us.” (Lloyd John Ogilvie)

 

 “As people who have light from the Lord, our actions should reflect our faith...so that we will reflect God’s goodness to others. Jesus stressed this truth in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:15-16).” (Life Application Study Bible, Ephesians 5:8)

 

“Goodness can be spoken about -- indeed, it is the only thing we should speak about. It also comes into being -- it is in fact the only thing that should come into being; for although by nature it is uncreated, yet because of God's love for us it allows itself to come into being through us by grace...” (St. Maximos the Confessor)

 

“...seeing examples of great beauty and extraordinary goodness bypasses our rational faculties and strikes the heart. We immediately respond to beauty and goodness and desire what they reveal.” (Rod Dreher)

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