Amos 5:14-15 14 Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. 15 Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.
Through my years of parenting, I have heard Christian child rearing experts talk about teaching our children to love the good. In doing so, we will build a moral warehouse in our children’s heart. Loving the good is not just for children. I can benefit from loving the good as well.
For me and my profession, I spend a lot of time redirecting the negative. What happens for me is that I tend to focus on the negative. I catch myself demanding perfection in many aspects of my life with little grace for imperfection. I notice myself seeing only what is incorrect and negative and not focusing on the positive and things that are right. In fact, as I do some reflection, I notice that negative is a small percentage of what is really going on. Yet, I allow this negative to demand most of my attention.
This passage reminds me how I am to love the good. I am to seek the good. It is life. The negative sucks the life out of me. Where there is good, God is nearby. It is good for me to hate evil but not focus on it. For me, to love the good is to focus on what is good. I’ve been working on my practice of trying to “Catch them doing something good.” Overcoming the remnant of focusing on the negative is a difficult task. However, as I am intentional about catching the good, I notice the good things more. This reminds me of Philippians 4:8 “8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Seeking the good, loving the good, noticing the good versus focusing on the negative, following the evil, and condemning the person brings life. This practice brings life for my soul as I focus on the positive. This practice brings life for the other person’s soul as I love him/her for who he/she is and not for what he/she does. I am challenged to love the good in this way.
1. What is the negative in your life that you focus upon?
2. What are some of the positives that you may be missing in the cloud of negative?
3. How does loving the good play out for you in your life?
4. In what ways can you better seek the good?
5. What will help you to focus on the positive?
6. This week, keep a record of how often you focus on the negative versus how often you focus on the positive. At the end of the week, bring this list before God and ask His guidance and blessing on you going forward.
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