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trying (to be good)

art choice Joan Winifred positive qualities


“The good man reaps the reward of his dealings.” (Proverb 14:14)

When we are good toward others, they are more likely to treat us well in return. (Prov. 14:22) Even if others do not, our persisting in good deeds may soften their disposition and melt their hardness.​—Rom. 12:20, ftn.

tiny? hands…large results of “finger” painting;)

We need not imagine that practicing good requires grand gestures or dramatic sacrifices. To illustrate: Do you think of an artist painting a portrait with only one or two brushstrokes? Rather, he may use many brushstrokes to create his painting. Similarly, our goodness can be seen in many helpful acts.

The Bible urges us to be “prepared” and “ready” to render good. (2 Tim. 2:21; Titus 3:1) Being alert to the circumstances of others, we may see ways to please our neighbor “for his good, to build him up.” (Rom. 15:2) That may involve sharing something we have. (Prov. 3:27) We might invite someone over for a simple meal or for upbuilding association. If we know someone is sick, we can send him a card, visit him, or call him. Yes, we may identify many opportunities to say “what is good for building up as the need may be, to impart what is beneficial to the hearers.”​—Eph. 4:29.
[excerpted: Goodness How Can You Cultivate It? W March 2019]

life as good art–worthwhile goal
3/4/19 @ 7:33 p.m.

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