The Good Life

No one wants to suffer but no one is exempt from suffering. Since suffering is inevitable for all of us, why not learn how to suffer well. I started a new book by Owen Strachan and Doug Sweeney: The Essential of Jonathan Edwards on the Good Life. Here is a quote from the book:

This is the truly good life, the path plotted for mankind by almighty God. It involves sacrifice, and hardship, and hard work. It requires self-denial, self-abasement, and an others-centered mindset. It is radically God-centered and deeply rooted in Scripture. This, and no other path, leads to lasting happiness for the souls of human beings.

Great! A good life in every sense is a suffering life :). If I have to sacrifice, go through hardship and hard work that requires me to self-denial, self-abasement and others-centered mindset, I am definitely suffering. It means giving up my sinful nature! Jesus speaks of this good life in Matthew 5:3-12 ESV.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

To attain the good life we must make war with the flesh (Romans 7:21-24 ESV [21 ] So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. [22 ] For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, [23 ] but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.) We must also trust and lean on the sovereignty of God and obey His Word. We must ask God to work in us from the inside out. We must reach the deepest part of our soul and make choices and responses contrary to our flesh. I will end with this quote from R.C. Sproul:

“God, in his providence, has the power and the will to work all things together for good for his people. This does not mean that everything that happens to us is, in itself, good. Really bad things do happen to us. But they are only proximately bad; they are never ultimately bad. That is, they are bad only in the short (proximate) term, never in the long-term. Because of the triumph of God’s goodness in all things, he is able to bring good for us out of the bad. He turns our tragedies into supreme blessings.”


About John
A follower of Christ and sinner who needs his grace everyday.

One Response to The Good Life

  1. Brian says:

    What an awesome reading! (For I delight in the law of God, in my inner .) We have to make war with sin in our inner being, If we dont it will over run us. Everytime I read this text I feel empowered by the Holy spirit and that its not of my power but Gods. We must do battle with sin and realize the battle is not what saves us, but when we see in our minds and in our most private places doing battle with sin the combat helps confirm our salvation and as one pastor said we”sock the devil in the mouth”!

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