The ONE THING for today

How Knowing to Do Good became a Game-changer.

  • Genesis 2:9 (NKJV) The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Wow; turns out there’s more at stake with doing good than I realized.

Did you notice the second tree that God put in the Garden? (See today’s Bible verse above)

Notice that it is the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”  You’d think it would be the tree of the knowledge of right and wrong, or righteousness and evil—but good and evil?

Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil.” Genesis 3:22 (NKJV)

Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil.”
Genesis 3:22 (NKJV)

Coupling “good” in there with evil seems to be a little over the top.

Nevertheless, it turns out that doing good has a moral element to it.  It’s not just a choice between a good choice and a bad choice; but rather a good choice or an evil choice.

What would happen if we determined whether or not to watch a movie or attend an event or participate in an activity on whether it was good or evil (vs. good or not so good // or good or bad).

What would it look like if we understood that saying something that was not good meant that it was evil?

That sort of mindset would be a game-changer.

No wonder good deeds are deeds that God likes (see yesterday’s blog).

Turns out that more is at stake than we realized when a Boy’s Scout has to decide whether to do a good deed and help a little old lady across the street; and it turns out that there is more at stake for you and me when we must make a choice as to whether or not to do good also.

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