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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Outbreak (04/07/11)

TITLE: Apples of Evil, Oranges of Good
By Sydney Avey
04/09/11


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Would that good deeds could beget good deeds in a “pass it on” progression of exponential return. We can only wish for epidemics of love, infections of joy and a peace that proliferates. We would gladly suffer rashes of kindness, outbreaks of goodness and fevers of faithfulness. Oh to be known for great swells of kindness and seismic self-control.

In truth, the attributes of goodness present themselves unadorned. Spiritual fruit begins life as a bud on the tree where Christ was crucified. (Galatians 5:22). It is evil that spreads like disease. Destruction is sudden, like labor pains. (1Thess 5:3) Wickedness is rampant. (James 1:20) Like a forest fire, uncontrolled speech destroys, (James 3:5) Sin spreads through generations. (Exodus 20:5)

Evil is pervasive, goodness elemental, like a vein of gold secreted in quartz awaiting discovery. To find it, the rock must be crushed, the gold extracted, refined, smelted and turned into something of value.

Goodness is providential, an action God takes to produce something good in the world and in the life of a believer. The evil Joseph’s brothers thought against him God meant for good, to save the lives of many people. (Genesis 50:20)

Goodness is a mystery, unknown footsteps (Psalm 77:19), unsearchable judgments. (Romans 11:33)

Goodness is a follower. With its sister Mercy, it follows us all the days of our lives and we dwell in the House of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23)

We don’t need to seek evil. We are all exposed. We do need to seek goodness – in the hard places; following behind us; on high mountains; in deep seas.

Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good. (Psalm 107:1)

But for me, it is good to be near God. (Psalm 73:28)


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Cheryl von Drehle 04/14/11
What a wonderful meditation on goodness. Yes indeed, evil outbreaks while goodness seeps. the language is evocative and the essay lends itself to personal Bible Study.
Joe Moreland04/16/11
This is fantastic. I love how you explain the need to seek out good...to uncover it and discover it and then drop the line that God is good! Excellent! Thanks for sharing it with us.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/18/11
You make some good points in this interesting essay. I always feel better myself when I do a good deed for others but it is something we need to work on and make sure we seek Out the good.