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What is true goodness?

BY CAREY KINSOLVING Modified: October 1, 2012 at 11:58 am •  Published: October 1, 2012

"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked," wrote the prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 17:9). If this is the case, who has ever done anything with a pure motive?

Jeremiah also wrote of a heart transplant under a new covenant on which God would write his laws. When Jesus lifted his cup at the Last Supper, he said, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood." His death on the cross and victorious resurrection established a new contract whereby all who place their simple trust in him for salvation will receive a new heart.

"You can tell a good person from a bad person because they show their love," says Kasi, 8. Indeed, love from a pure heart is the hallmark of desire taken captive by God's unconditional love. "We love Him because He first loved us" (I John 4:19).

"True goodness is doing what God wants you to do," says Gabrielle, 5.

Point to ponder: God wants to give you his goodness.

Scripture to remember: "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10).

Questions to consider: Did you know that God the Father was pleased with the goodness of Jesus Christ when he offered himself as a sacrifice for our sins? Have you been deceived by believing the lie that doing good deeds will secure a place for you in heaven?

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