Thursday, September 12, 2013

Reviewing The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good

The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good by Peter Greer is an eye-opening read. It gets to the heart of why we do "good" and how to maintain the heart of Christ while serving Christ. 

Peter tackles the idea of Karma in the first chapter. Are we doing good only so good things will happen to us? He shines new light on the Prodigal Son, balancing life, keeping our moral compass and more. 

The questions at the end of these 17 chapters were certainly thought provoking. Here are a few that stuck with me:

  1. How do you know when your moral compass is broken?
  2. Can you identify those 3 a.m. Friends in your own life?
  3. What are some tangible ways that we can give credit to God as we go, give, and serve?
  4. Where are some areas that you find your identity?
  5. Why is the philosophy of Christian karma a dangerous one to believe?
  6. In what areas of your life do you compare yourself to others.
  7. How do you most naturally express your faith?

Some thoughts from “The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good” that spoke to me:

  • The core message of grace is religious anarchy. We are forgiven, accepted, and love not because of what we do, but because of what Jesus Christ has already done on the cross. 
  • God only uses flawed people who rely on Him. People who recognize that it's about God’s spirit. God’s grace. God’s power. God’s plan. 
  • There are no minor moral lapses. We go from attitudes to thoughts to behaviors in an easy progression. 
  • Integrity begins with the small decisions we make each day. 
  • Comparison fuels pride. 
  • Strengths divide, but faults unite. 

I enjoy looking in my mailbox and finding my next Bethany House blogging for books review. This is another great book and I plan on having my boys read this book. Peter Greer gives great incite into the heart of the Christian walk. The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good is a valuable read for every Christian. 

As always,