Out of a Good Heart

“And whatsoever ye o 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 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 perfect, stellar, sinless performance on our part.  The righteousness that was imputed to Abraham was wrapped up within the faith and trust 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 with Him.

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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