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Offline psalmgirl

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Good deeds
« on: January 08, 2017, 02:01:46 PM »
     I would be interested in opinions of good deeds... I just listened to a sermon about it and it made me realize that peoples opinions of it vary a lot...
     My personal belief is that its not so much the activity, like working at the local soup kitchen, as it is a change of heart in wanting to help, opening a door, giving someone a ride, helping with a problem etc..
Your thoughts??

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Re: Good deeds
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2017, 02:30:12 PM »
Deeds will not save.

Faith that does not produce deeds will not save.

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Re: Good deeds
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2017, 12:59:31 PM »
Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" had a wealth of good morals about it.

The 180 Scrooge did is exactly what all should strive for.

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Re: Good deeds
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2017, 03:46:55 PM »


It is always  good  to help some one !  When ever possible............

But the most important one is to try to  help the lost!   There are so many these days

that  do not believe in our GOD !   Let alone  know they will be going to hell one day.


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Re: Good deeds
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2017, 09:10:00 AM »
     I would be interested in opinions of good deeds... I just listened to a sermon about it and it made me realize that peoples opinions of it vary a lot...
     My personal belief is that its not so much the activity, like working at the local soup kitchen, as it is a change of heart in wanting to help, opening a door, giving someone a ride, helping with a problem etc..
Your thoughts??

My thoughts exactly, psalmgirl!  And I also agree with Jason that it's not the deeds that save us, the deeds come as a result of our faith.

I don't believe that God weighs our good deeds and considers some more important than others; whether someone goes over to Africa to be a missionary or just says a kind word to a stranger, they are equal in God's eyes.  You never know how much you might have blessed that person...he or she might have been feeling depressed and thinking nobody cared about them and your kind word was just the boost they needed.  Always be looking for random acts of kindness you can do to bless someone else!  ::smile::

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Re: Good deeds
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2017, 08:00:47 AM »
 I believe these few verses give definition to why and what qualifies as good works in God's eyes. It goes to motivation.
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1 Corinthians 13New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.





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Re: Good deeds
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2017, 09:04:41 AM »
Our good deeds should flow as an overflow of our hearts.

They don't have to be big, up front, where everyone can see them things.

Kindness in this very impatient and unkind world is a HUGE good deed, IMO.

And, our deeds should always always *always* be done so that the Lord may be glorified.

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Re: Good deeds
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2017, 12:00:14 PM »
 We have a sin nature. Not a love nature, and any love we have, like righteousness, comes from a source other than us. Jesus Christ supplies the righteousness, and God, being love, is the supplier of all the love we can ever have or use. It's His love we are spreading, so I agree with MeMyself. When we do anything out of love, God is glorified, because we are using His love. IMO.

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Re: Good deeds
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2017, 12:34:29 PM »
I hate washing dishes. I have a strong aversion to sticking my arms elbow deep into a grease slicked sink full of dirty pots and pans. The feel of soggy particals of uneaten bits of yesterdays meal between my fingers is enough to nearly trigger my gag reflex.

(shudder) Truly, I say again, I. Hate. Washing. Dishes.

However. . .

I love my wife. That love prompts me to do the very thing I'd rather spend a life time avoiding. What once was my least favorite chore becomes an act motivated not out of obligation, but adoration. It isn't what I'm doing. It's who I'm doing it for, and just as importantly - why.

Sure, I may still be standing there with the smell of sour milk laden sippy cups waiting to be scrubbed clean seeping into my very pores.

But. . .

Now my distate for dish washing is tempered by the proper motivation, and I've found that there just isn't room in my heart for hate when I've been filled with so much love.

I think what I'm trying to say, in a rambling round'about sort of way is: Whatever "good" deed we do, we do because of the goodness of God working in us. We love Him because "He first loved us." So long as it's that same love motivating our actions, I don't think we can really go wrong.

Just like I'm not trying to earn my wifes' affection (she's already given that to me freely). None of us (I think) are trying to curry favor with, earn the love of, or cement our salvation with God in doing right by others.

We do because we love. We love because God demonstrated His own love toward us, "in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8

We give what amounts to but a little, because 2,000 years ago one we love gave all.

- Nate

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Re: Good deeds
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2017, 03:56:55 PM »
Good deeds may be conscious when we are young believers but maturity should ware away from the conscious deeds as we become more and more as Christ is. I do good deeds but I am not taking note of them because the Holy Spirit changes our nature. Love and kindness should be a reflection of being transformed in His likeness. I don't keep a list or brag about them. if one needs help I just help them to the best of my ability never giving thought. Jesus saith there would be those who will say, did we not the all these thing in you name, and Jesus will say depart from me you workers of iniquity. 

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Re: Good deeds
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2017, 05:35:35 AM »
Seriously, as posted above, there are much better ways of doing dishes than that.
But I'm sure it was an exaggerated for a point.

As for good deeds, it doesn't say anywhere in the bible good deeds are only exceptable if they are coming from a warm caring heart.  It is a comandment to do them.  We are only human and cannot always feel warm and wonderful.  Do you love your enemies in this way? 
BTW, one commandment I just read in scripture in Titus, concerning the slothful gluttonous evil beast Cretans are supposed to as told by Paul to Titus 'Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs.' 






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Re: Good deeds
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2017, 11:07:41 AM »
I say that good deeds should be done out of love, but not only love for the person, but love for God.  When I do something nice for someone, yes I'm doing it because I care about them and want to help them, but my primary motivation is to please God.   ::cool::

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« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2017, 01:41:39 AM »
I hate washing dishes. I have a strong aversion to sticking my arms elbow deep into a grease slicked sink full of dirty pots and pans. The feel of soggy particals of uneaten bits of yesterdays meal between my fingers is enough to nearly trigger my gag reflex.

(shudder) Truly, I say again, I. Hate. Washing. Dishes.

However. . .

I love my wife. That love prompts me to do the very thing I'd rather spend a life time avoiding. What once was my least favorite chore becomes an act motivated not out of obligation, but adoration. It isn't what I'm doing. It's who I'm doing it for, and just as importantly - why.

Sure, I may still be standing there with the smell of sour milk laden sippy cups waiting to be scrubbed clean seeping into my very pores.

But. . .

Now my distate for dish washing is tempered by the proper motivation, and I've found that there just isn't room in my heart for hate when I've been filled with so much love.

I think what I'm trying to say, in a rambling round'about sort of way is: Whatever "good" deed we do, we do because of the goodness of God working in us. We love Him because "He first loved us." So long as it's that same love motivating our actions, I don't think we can really go wrong.

Just like I'm not trying to earn my wifes' affection (she's already given that to me freely). None of us (I think) are trying to curry favor with, earn the love of, or cement our salvation with God in doing right by others.

We do because we love. We love because God demonstrated His own love toward us, "in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8

We give what amounts to but a little, because 2,000 years ago one we love gave all.

- Nate

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Re: Good deeds
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2017, 06:01:49 AM »
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I would be interested in opinions of good deeds... I just listened to a sermon about it and it made me realize that peoples opinions of it vary a lot...
     My personal belief is that its not so much the activity, like working at the local soup kitchen, as it is a change of heart in wanting to help, opening a door, giving someone a ride, helping with a problem etc..
Your thoughts??

First off, God cares deeply for those hurting, hungry, scared, and unloved.    His heart extends to them, and His joy when you help them is genuine, as is the relief of those in need.  So there's a good and practical reason for doing well.   As He said, "when you do for the least among you, you do it for Me."

However, it is also true that your soul grows and strengthens in Him whenever you do help someone in need.   And it's just as important.   He made things so that doing good is also good for you.   

Pretty good idea, um?   (Monty Python cue as clouds part and voice booms out: "Of course it's a good idea.")