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“God, if you are good, why don’t you rid the world of illness and death?”

So He did.

No one grew ill, no one died. Like “Tuck Everlasting.”

And the world was a better place. But not fully.

Millions were jobless – doctors, nurses, lab technicians, pharmacists, researchers, professors, funeral home directors . . .

Those in prison for life suffered behind bars forever. Those who were abused had no respite. Crime increased.

“God, if you are good, why don’t you rid the world of crime?”

So He did.

He removed the drug dealers and traffickers and pimps, the murderers and perjurers and all other criminals.

And the world was a better place. But not fully.

There was still physical and sexual abuse in the home and between hurting friends.

“God, if you are good, why don’t you rid the world of physical and sexual abuse?”

So He did.

He removed every man, woman and child who hurt others physically or took advantage of them sexually.

And the world was a better place. But not fully.

Anger still fumed from people’s hearts. Abusive speech still ruined lives and relationships.

“God, if you are good, why don’t you rid the world of anger?”

So He did.

He removed every person who pierced hearts with bitter words, who turned away with calculated coldness, who entertained an angry thought.

No one remained. The world was empty.

“No, no, God, this can’t be the solution! Please restore the world.”

So He did.

“But what is the answer, God?”

“Choose love,” He said. “Choose love instead of anger. Choose love instead of abuse. Choose to love those who have committed crimes, for love is powerful to break the chains of injustice. Choose to love the sick and the dying. Choose to love, and you will be healthier and live longer.

“Choose my love,” He said. “Through the power of my Son.”

So I did.

And the world is a better place.

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Note: This is sixth in a series based on the Fruit of the Spirit. Goodness, too, is an outworking of Love–the Father’s love for us, and our love for others.

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