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Goodness #1 — Goodness in Groups

Then God the Eternal said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18

One of the most profound goods God provides is fellowship with other human beings. No wonder Adam responded enthusiastically when he saw Eve for the first time. When Adam declared Eve to be “This one!” in distinction to “all those” other creatures he just named, he recognized the unique benefit she represented to him. Even with all the animals Adam was alone, for no other creature is like another human being. The goodness of this fellowship exists because it rests in our unique relationship to God. Only through other people can we experience something of the nature of God, for we are all made in his image. Even in the worst of us, in the worst of conditions, we remind one another that God sovereignly reigns over his creation. Especially to the worst of us, in the worst of conditions, we can extend the grace of God in thoughtful, loving helpfulness. Eventually, in Christ, the worst in us will not prevent the worst of us from receiving and experiencing and exalting God’s best in the company of others like us. What could be better?

Lord God, I see why you tell me “it is good for brothers to dwell together in unity.” Cause me to remember that everyone you create is part of the good way you display the fullness of your glory throughout the earth.


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