22 February 2016
“Listen, I’m not a bad person. I’m a doctor. One of the reasons I wanted to become a doctor was because I thought it would be a good – as in Good rather than exciting or well-paid or glamorous – thing to do …”
Kate is a character in Nick Hornby’s How To Be Good. She is thinking over her life and why she does what she does.
Being good was very important to the elder brother in Jesus’ story of the two sons:
“All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’” (Luke 15:29-30)
Why do you think being good was important to the elder brother? Why do you think that the elder brother thought his father should be pleased with him?
Why do you think that God should love you?
As we saw yesterday, human beings are not capable of being good enough to meet God’s standard of perfection, and yet God still loves each one of us and reaches out to us in his love for us.