Out of a Good Heart

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”                                                                                                           (Col. 3:17)

“The just shall live by faith,” fulfills the law because it requires a basic internal goodness to give God the benefit of the doubt to trust Him.  This sets in motion a worldview that has no ill intentions towards our neighbor.  This imputes to the person of faith a righteousness that is real, tangible, practical in application and expression, and has a correspondence to actual events and circumstances in a journey of faith.  Faith in God has a direct link with righteousness, because only a good heart will trust and follow God’s leading.

The promise to Abraham is a promise from God.  Righteousness is imputed to Abraham because only out of a good heart will someone act upon God’s promise by faith.  A bad heart would say: “Forget it…I am doing things my way.”  Like Abraham and the other people of faith in the Bible, only a good heart would continue to place their faith in the good character of God even after circumstances appear discouraging according to horizontally conventional thinking.

Through a God-composed journey of faith, in the most practical, rational, and realistic sense, a way is created for humans to obtain goodness and righteousness.  Our individually crafted journeys of faith are a gift to us from God.  A God-composed journey of faith is a gift because it is free…it cannot be purchased or even accessed through works…it is accepted as a gift by faith.

Such an arrangement is designed to produce a personal relationship…not necessarily to produce a perfect, stellar, sinless performance on our part.  The righteousness that was imputed to Abraham was wrapped up within the faith and trust he placed in God…out of a good heart.  A God-composed journey of faith life-script drives honesty, integrity, and goodness, because it sets up a context of events and circumstances whereby we can abandon total self-reliance based upon conventional thinking, and exercise faith and trust in God leading to a personal relationship.

Author: Barton Jahn

I work in building construction as a field superintendent and project manager. I have four books published by McGraw-Hill on housing construction (1995-98) under Bart Jahn, and have six Christian books self-published through Create Space KDP. I have a bachelor of science degree in construction management from California State University Long Beach. I grew up in Southern California, was an avid surfer, and am fortunate enough to have always lived within one mile of the ocean. I discovered writing at the age of 30, and it is now one of my favorite activities. I am currently working on two more books on building construction.

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