Good – beautiful and kind

ἀγαθός (agathos)

“agathos means “good,” though its connotations overlap with kalos (“beautiful”) and chrēstos (“kind”).” – Mounce’s Expository Dictionary

Luke 11:13
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Philippians 1:6
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:28
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Meditate with me on all this wonderful verses containing this agathos good.

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The Compassion of Christ

When he saw the crowd, he had compassion on them because they were harrased and helpless like sheep without a shepherd

The Greek for compassion here is splanchnizomai:

definition of compassion

This splanchnizomai kind of compassion isn’t a mere thought of pity: Christ-like compassion moves our inner man so deeply that we feel it in our gut. It is this kind of compassion that moves us to show compassion, just as it moved the Lord to show compassion (Mt 14:14). It was when He was filled with this compassion that he went on to tell the disciples in the following verse to “pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Mt 9:38). Compassion should move us too to living out compassion in deed and prayer.

Lord, You are a compassionate God. We praise You for the compassion that moves You to save us, sanctify us, and one day glorify us in Your presence. Father, fill us with Your compassion. Make us like You in this way. Move our hearts to feel deeply for the lost and the needy. Move our hearts to pray more and more for You, the Lord of the harvest, to send out laborers into Your vineyard. Open our eyes to see how great the harvest is, how white these fields are. Open our mouths to tell of Your name, to bring justice to the oppressed, and to lead these lost sheep to the good Shepherd. Fill the prayer warriors and future missionaries with compassion. Fill the translators and the persecuted church with compassion. Fill the hearts of all believers, Father, with Your compassion, for the sake of Your glory. Amen.

Ariel Vandebrooke

This post was also posted on raisinghands.wordpress.com my blog about missions, especially deaf children’s ministry in India.

1 Peter 1:1

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This is “just” the introduction to 2 Peter, but it’s such a powerful verse – expressing the identity of the author, the name of Jesus Christ, the intended reader’s relationship to the author, and the source of our faith. Now that we’ve seen it translated into our heart language, let’s see it in His love language:

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We’re going to study this verse word for word in the next few posts. Here is the first word:

Συμεὼν ΠΕΤΡΟΣ: This is Simeon Peter. This was one of the men on earth chosen, not only to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, but one of the three closest disciples to Jesus (along with James and John.) This was Simeon Peter – the rock on which Jesus would build His Church (Matt 16:18) And this was Simeon Peter – the one who promised to stand by Jesus no matter what, but was not diligent in prayer, and instead denied Him three times. This was Simeon Peter who – when filled with the Holy Spirit – was not the fearful man he used to be, but instead proclaimed the gospel boldly, even in the face of death. This was Simeon Peter – the one with enough faith to walk on the water when he had his eyes on Jesus, but as soon as he took his eyes off of Him, began to drown.