We know there is a fragrant aroma to goodness. And, we know from scripture, our goodness is a reflection of the love of God.
The Holy Spirit fruit of goodness is like a lighthouse shining strong in a dark world.
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14
Goodness is about choices. Godly choices of doing the right thing, even when it hurts or costs. Goodness reflects the willingness to be the hands and feet of Christ’s love at all times.
“For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.” Ephesians 5:9
What it is not, is social justice–it’s an eternity more. It is Holy Spirit led servanthood. It is walking in love by the Spirit. Sometimes the path hurts and tears at our hearts, yet we walk in the power of Christ seeing eternity on the horizon.
“For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.” 1 Peter 3:17
What does one do when confronted with a situation to do good? The Spirit fruit of goodness rises up in our hearts with direction to meet needs. Right then. In our culture it is easy to put-off doing good, saving it for a more convenient time. Satan is quick to whisper we do not have enough to give, share, or provide to others when our own needs are great. Phooey!
“And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.” Titus 3:14
Goodness is love in action, on the scene, and bringing glory to Christ alone. He is our Provider.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philipians 4:19
That’s not a quaint verse. It is a truth.
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
A friend once told me of how she met a group of friends for lunch. During their time together, one of the women shared how a friend of hers needed prayer for her mother who was dying and lived too far away to visit. My friend went home with this need on her heart, called an airline, and bought a ticket for a gal she had never met.
That’s the fruit of goodness at work.
When Gene’ (Page Hughes’ daughter) came face-to-face with poverty in a one room home where six children were sharing a worn out mattress, she did not avert her eyes or make excuses. Along with fellow believers, she allowed the Lord to use her to meet a practical need that changed a family. The testimony of God’s goodness is too good to retell, you must hear it from Gene’ herself. You will be blessed, encouraged, and I pray, filled with the love of Christ as you read of His goodness at work. It truly is His goodness at work, not our own.
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Harvest (Now here.)
Is your life lacking in the fruit of goodness? Ask the Lord for opportunity to share His goodness. There are opportunities right now awaiting those who will walk in the fruit of goodness. He will give you divine appointments.