Many men would consider it a compliment to hear someone refer to them as “a good man”. But in the seventeen years my husband and I have been married he has repeatedly requested for me not refer to him with that compliment.
Why? Compared to many men he would win that title without question. But the other night after helping me I thanked him and said, “You’re a good man Honey.”
He replied with, “No, no I’m not. Do you want me to tell you why?”
” Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good except God alone.” Mark 10:18 N.I.V.
Then my husband went on to say that if Jesus didn’t feel worthy of being labeled as a “good man” how could he himself dare to allow me to refer to him in this matter?
Point taken. Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans in chapter three, verse ten, “As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one.”
Compared to Christ we all fall short of the mark. I certainly do daily.
My husband is a man with many good qualities and characteristics. He strives to be Christ-like. I could ask for no better man than he.
What about us? Do we measure up to the standards set by Jesus?
When might you be ready to be willing to have yourself labelled as “good”?
A little something to think about,