The Good Man Vs The Righteous Man

 

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“Are you a good man or a righteous man?” This is the question that kept echoing in my head as I journeyed to work this morning.

This morning on my way to work I was forced to listen to two lovely men argue over how good they were. What led to this argument? One stepped on the other and couldn’t say “sorry”. Out of anger the being stepped on replied, “if not that I am a good man, I would have shown you the other side of me. And that led to a heated argument that left many speechless. It wasn’t even 6: AM and these men have the strength for this.

The supposed good man kept talking about how he keeps the laws of the land, how he obeys rules and regulations and how everyone sees and tells him, “you are a good man”. The one that stepped on him couldn’t just allow himself to be talked down, he also started talking about how good he is, how he goes to church every Sunday, how he pays his tithe, and so on. If he is this good, why couldn’t he just say sorry?

As they argued with a loud voice and in anger, it struck me, “How good can we really be? How good are we before God?” “Can our goodness get us into the kingdom of God. You see, whether we like it or not, there is a life after, here on earth and we all will give an account of what we did while here on earth. What will our defence be when we stand before the throne of God and our names are not found in the book of life? Would we be justified by being good or by being righteous?

One of the beauties of entering public buses in Lagos, Nigeria is that you not only learn how to speak compulsory Yoruba slang “owa” (which means “E dey” in pidgin English, and I’m here in English), learn how to drag your change with conductor, test your running skills when you have to chase the conductor for your change or fight him, you also learn vital lessons of life. It’s not always boring on a public bus and it’s not always dangerous either. But there are days, you wish the government would sanction the bus drivers and their conductors. One can only hope it happens someday.

This morning was one of those days that I thank God I was on that bus. It was a simple case of saying sorry and everything done wrong will be forgotten, but not one of the men was willing to say that, and I still ask, “How good are we when push comes to shove?” By all standard of men, a good man is one who obeys the rules and regulations of the federal, state and local governments. He pays his tax fees as at when due, he doesn’t violate any traffic regulations, doesn’t fight any officials, he gives humanitarian aids to desolate and victimized persons, etc

That same good man as seen by men, behind closed doors could be a drug addict, a rapist, an adulterer, a murderer, a psychopath, a thief, a wife beater. No one gets to see this dark part because he keeps it as privately as he can or better yet, he hasn’t been caught in the act yet. Does any of his good attribute make him a righteous man?

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A righteous man is one who believes and keeps the laws of God. In the open and in secret, he has the fear of God attached to whatever he does. When you are righteous, it becomes easy to be good, but when you are good, it isn’t always easy to be righteous. Being good requires immediate human gratification to a large extent. It’s a natural human pleasure to want to be praised for doing good and want it now. A lot of times its no fun at all waiting for something we want, Humans don’t like to wait. And to be honest, animals are not excluded.

While instant goodness gratification may be convenient, I must warn that it takes away the true meaning of being good. It also takes away a long-standing human virtue which is the ability to wait. And there ain’t nothing wrong with waiting for something, patience still remains a virtue, right? There is always the need to do this to please someone or to do that to get something from that person. It’s not always easy to be genuinely good. Yes, there are people who are genuinely good with no ulterior motives, but they are very few.

In our world now where everyone lives like they’ve got a medal to the pedal, one can’t help but question the genuineness of anyone. Trust has been so overrated and no one blindly trusts anyone anymore. People don’t even trust themselves to say the least. The scriptures show us that the men that were counted righteous by God were men that kept the laws of God as they obeyed the rules of the land that didn’t require them compromising their faith.

They had numerous weaknesses but chose to show their strengths by obeying the Lord God and that gained them a place in the kingdom of God. Nicodemus was an upright man in the eyes of men. He was obedient and never had a track record of wrong deeds, a Pharisee and a member of the Jewish high court called the Sanhedrin. Wanting to learn more, he visits Jesus after dark, probably he fears his reputation with the other Jewish leaders will be damaged if he is seen.

Yet when he came to Jesus Christ to inquire about what to do to get eternal life, he was asked to become a born again. That sounded so hard because it requires him to do away with the things that were considered good by men. This act still and will continue to strive in our world today. Many of us are comfortable being good as long as the goodness is seen by the world and gratified immediately but quickly hide or shy away from God and his people for fear of being laughed at, or a called Jesus freak.

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Understand this, being good is a beautiful thing. There are rewards that come with keeping the laws of the land, rules and regulations, but can your goodness get you a place in the kingdom of God. If you’re going to be good outside, ensure you’re also good before God and behind closed doors. You can be good and still have envy, strife, hatred, jealousy, bitterness, and all manner of vices in you, thereby making goodness subjective. On the other hand, you can’t be righteous and have the aforementioned vices in you and be comfortable. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord….Psalm 37:23-24.

You will find yourself striving to live for God and doing what will please him. You become dominated with the Holy Spirit. And where the Spirit of God is, there is joy, peace, happiness, contentment, overflowing of grace, fulfilment, liberty, freedom. As we go about our daily lives, let’s endeavour to be genuinely good and righteous before God.

Ezra Taft Benson- “You cannot do wrong and feel right. It’s impossible!”

Albert Einstein- “True religion is real living, living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness”

Blessings and Love

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  1. ON SCAR STORIES

    ◇ I Have Scars and I AM NOT Ashamed of Them; it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that My Scars Remind Me I Have Lived, I AM Living and Continue to Live

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    ON TRUSTING

    ◇ I Trust In Me EveryOne; I Have Faith In Me, UnShakeable Conviction that I Have a Right To Be Here and I AM Right in EveryThing I THINK!!! Say and Do Even when I THINK!!! it’s WRONG!!! Seamless …

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    ON 3DLIVING

    ♡ Miserable People often Deny Complaining with “I HAVE A LIFE!!!” then Go On Describing Their Living Arrangements & LifeStyles with which They ARE Clearly Very UnHappy; it’s Crystal Clear Clarity We ARE Our 3DLife NOT!!! the Money, Materialism and Relationships that Surround Us…

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    ON MMHI (MULTIPLE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES)

    ◇ Roaring Rage=Really Resentful; Please Calm Down
    ◇ Angst Anxiety=Acutely Apprehensive; It May NEVER!!! Happen
    ◇ Deep Depression=Death Desire; Please Stay Alive

    …I AM Forged and Hardened in The Fires of MMHI; I AM Also Water Soft which is Very, Very, Very Good for Creative/Sporting/Business Practices and Personal Relationships…

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    ON EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCING

    ◇ Parents Educate
    ◇ Teachers/Lecturers/Professors Educate
    ◇ Experience Educates

    …I Experience without Being Educated by Sitting In Silence; it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that Experience is an Educator if I CHOOSE!!! to Actively Listen EveryOne…

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    ON SOLVING

    ♡ ALL Problems have Solutions; if I Perceive Problems I SEEK!!! Solutions rather than Dwell on PROBLEMS!!! however long it takes…clearly My Mental Health plays a part here; it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that I Admit, Acknowledge And Address My MMHI (Multiple Mental Health Issues)

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    ON GREED AND AVARICE

    ♤ Lack=Less than I Perceive I NEED!!!
    ♡ Enough=Exactly what I NEED!!!
    ♧ Abundance=More than I NEED!!!

    …so why; why 🤔 ?…

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    ON SENSING DIAMOND HARD

    ◇ 1. Etheric (SIXTH SENSE!!!)
    ◇ 2. Touch (RECOIL!!!)
    ◇ 3. Hearing (LOUD NOISES!!!)
    ◇ 4. Sight (DON’T LOOK!!!)
    ◇ 5. Taste (SPIT IT OUT!!!)
    ◇ 6. Smell (FOLLOW OUR NOSE!!!)

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    ON THE MEANING OF 3DLIFE

    ◇ Ingest, Digest, Absorb, Excrete
    ♡ Manage Psychological State
    ♧ Follow Rules and Regulations or Rebel

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    ON LEADERSHIP

    ◇ One of My Favourite Poems about Diamond Hard; the Reality of Inflexible ‘Leading’:

    I wanna be the leader
    I wanna be the leader
    I wanna be the leader

    I AM The Leader!!!
    I AM The Leader!!!
    I AM The Leader!!!

    What do we do now?
    What do we do now?
    What do we do now?

    …be careful what is wished for everyone; it may manifest when least expected…

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    ON RAGE MANAGEMENT WHETHER RAGE BE BLUE (SILENCE) OR REALLY RED (LOUD)

    ♡ Since Accomplishing Management and Control of My ANGER!!! 😠 EveryOne I Haven’t Hurt MySelf or AnyOne Else Since; it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that I Have Been a bit Clumsy in My Small, Single Living Space and Grazed and Lacerated MySelf on a Number of Different Occasions 😆😅😄😃😂😁😀😉😊 …so what’s The The Solution to This Stress and Pressure ANGER, RAGE!!! 😖😡😠 Problem; because, Clearly, a Problem is a Solution in Waiting 🤓 …but what if The Problem is Too Difficult, Too Big, to Face Right Now; it’s also Crystal Clear Clarity to Me that I Wait for The Solution to Present ItSelf in Divine Timing 😇 …the Maiming and Harming of Others is Diamond Hard EveryOne; it’s also Crystal Clear Clarity that Water is Soft and Yielding, gradually, persistently and, sometimes, INSTANTLY HARD!!! like Tsunamis or Floods; it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that Gaia KNOWS!!! and We Should ALL Pay Attention to what Really Matters 🤓😇🤗

    ◇ Our Moods EveryOne; the sooner We Comprehend That Simple yet Complex Truth The Better 🤓😇🤗♡ Personally I AM More about Effort; like watching The Fat Girl Completing a 100m Sprint in 30 Seconds Impresses Me More than Usain Bolt…

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    ON INTERNAL ENLIGHTENMENT

    ◇ I AM Aware that EveryThing and EveryOne ARE Connected at SubAtomic Levels that Some Call Goddess/Allah/God/Divine and So On; it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that Many Others ARE Asleep on Their Journey to Being Awake, Aware and Alert thereby Rediscovering Paying Attention like Children…so; ARE You Paying Attention to ALL The Signs, Signals, Synchronicities, Pointers and Guidelines that ARE There for The One and Only You or ARE You Distracted by ‘IMPORTANT GROWN UP STUFF!!!’ 🤔 ?…

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    ON HAIKU

    ◇ Authentically Moving On

    Some Stuff Stays
    Some Stuff Goes
    Some Stuff Arrives

    …I Suggest Be Still on The Beach of 3DLife as The Time Tide Ebbs and Flows; a Tide that Laps at Our Feet Bringing Bits of The Puzzle To Us without showing the Big Picture until The Time Tidal Wave Arrives and We ARE Overwhelmed by Our ‘Success’ or ‘Failure’…a piece of Carbon under Stress, Pressure and Heat becomes Diamond Hard; when We Remember that We Can Painfully Produce Personalised Crystals InSide Our Bodies and Our Childlike Perception of ‘Magic’ Returns 🤓😇🤗

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    ON CARBONITE TO CRYSTALLINE

    ◇ I Prefer to Be Coal on The Beach of Our 3DLiving as The Tides of Time bring Me Stuff EveryOne; then The Stress and Pressure of 3DLife Metamorphoses Me in to a Diamond

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    ON EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

    ♡ I NEVER!!! ‘Move On’ EveryOne; it’s for You to Decide to Quit Communication with Me ForEver 🤓 …I Totally Believe that ‘Trust’ CAN!!! be Re-Built 😀 ; it’s a Question of Building Boundaries then Gently 😎 , if necessary Aggressively 😡 , Asserting These Built Boundaries 🙄 …in summary; please take Accountability and Responsibility for Your FUCKING FEELINGS INSTEAD OF BLAMING EVERYONE ELSE!!! 😆😅😄😃😂😁😀😉😊

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    ON RELIGION, MONEY AND MATERIALISM

    ♡ A Religious Lady, She KNOWS!!! who SHE IS!!! and, as a Gentleman, I CHOOSE!!! to NOT!!! Name Her, deleted My Lengthy Diatribe on The Relationship The Religious Have with “Mammon” then blocked Me…it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that She Claimed You NEED!!! to “Spend Money to Make Money” and I DisAgreed with “Isn’t that just “Mammon””; the MisManagement of Money as My Marvellous Mom, who is Devoutly Religious, explained when I Asked about Money Being “The Root of ALL Evil”…at least My Marvellous Mom is Genuine, Authentic and Honest about Her Biblical Perception of Money and Proud of Jesus for “Chasing The Money Changers” Out of The Temple of Her God along with Their “Greed and Avarice” and Me NOT!!! even Remotely Religious even though I Was Force Fed The Bible 😆😅😄😃😂😁😀😉😊 …so just Two Words to Conclude this Treatise; The Vatican 😇

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    ON TEMPER; FURIOUS AND CALM

    ♡ There is SomeThing about OUR Sun, OUR Star, Bathing Gaia, Our Planet, with Radical Radiation EveryOne; it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that We Are Drawn to The Dawn that We Call SunRise and The Dusk that We Call SunSet yet The Sun is ALWAYS!!! There…how Fortunate, Blessed, Privileged et al ARE We to Have The Sun; yet We Whinge, Whine, Moan and Bitch about Money, Materialism and Our So Called Relationships…it’s so Crystal Clear Clarity that RAGE!!! is The Order of The Day; like Smiling Sweetly then Turning On A Dime and Snarling…now, please, don’t get Me Wrong; there is NOTHING!!! Wrong with Showing ‘Negative’ Emotion then Taking Time to Calm The FUCK!!! Down yet EveryThing Wrong with TAKING RAGE AND FURY OUT!!! On Others; ummm, I AM Very Badly Cooking a MeatLoaf Right Now and Grateful I Don’t Have a Wife who would be a Flea In My Ear and TELLING ME OFF!!! for ‘DOING IT ALL FUCKING WRONG!!!’ 😆😅😄😃😂😁😀😉😊

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    ON SUICIDE

    ♡ Please do not be in a rush to die; death is a release and 3DLife is a prison with the key on the floor that we don’t observe until we sink to our knees and release ourselves…stress, pressure, diamond hard ladies; especially Moms..money driven gents; power hungry and fragile, where is the love 🤔 ? love perceived as weakness yet I am weak and I love yet if you come at me with your anger be prepared to die and return to bliss because I am 😎😇🤗 …

    ◇ Just make sure You ARE Doing what You Want To Do and NOT!!! just Paying Bills; it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that 3DLife is Best Be LIVED!!! even if it’s On The Streets, Homeless and Poor…

    ♤ Funny Really and NOT!!! in a Good Way; it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that We Seem to Have OCD (Occupational DisOrder Complex) around Money and Materialism 😆😅😄😃😂😁😀😉😊

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    ON COMMUNICATION

    I Have Recently been TOLD OFF!!! by My Mom and Other Ladies of a Certain Age and Religion for Swearing and Cursing while KNOWING!!! They Curse and Swear Under Their Breath; many a Board, Other or Cabinet Meeting Turns The Air True Blue 😆😅😄😃😂😁😀😉😊 …funny really how Hypocritical We ARE; sad too in the context of Creative/Sporting/Business Practices and Personal Relationships…I AM a Writer; I WILL NOT!!! Be Censored 🤓 …

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    ON AIMING

    ♧ So what’s WRONG!!! 😠 with Our World EveryOne 🤔 ? it’s Crystal Clear Clarity to Me that We AIM Our Rage 😠 at THE WRONG FUCKING PEOPLE!!! who DO NOT DESERVE!!! Such Treatment 😔 ; then We Deny, Defend, Justify and ATTACK!!! ALL The While Weeping over Our InSane InAbility to Confront Our Parents and Other Authority 😓😲😭

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    ON LANGUAGE

    There is a Subtle Difference betwix ‘Can’ and ‘Able’ (Cain and Abel 🤔 ?); in précìs:

    ♤ ‘Can’ is The Capacity ALL Homo Sapiens Possess
    ♤ ‘Able’ is The Capacity We Develop in to Ability
    ♤ Ergo ‘I Can’ and ‘I AM Able’ ARE Different

    …so, for example; I Can:

    ♡ Climb – Basic Ability
    ♡ Cook – Intermediate Ability
    ♡ Create – Advanced Ability
    ♡ Clean – Intermediate Ability
    ♡ Curate – Basic Ability
    ♡ Communicate – Advanced Ability

    …please Take Time to THINK!!! about ‘I AM Able’ vs ‘I Can’ and why We Take Our CHOICES!!! to Develop Certain Capacity and Shy Away from Other Capacity; ask anything especially around ENVY AND JEALOUSY 😖😨😳😵😡😠!!! please…

    ♡ Look in The 3DLife Mirror EveryOne because there ARE Your Answers; Your Answers ARE in Your Questions about Others

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