Wednesday, February 19, 2014

FOR GOODNESS SAKE

Fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables (Photo credit: nutrilover)
BEING GOOD ALL THE TIME IS TIRING! Truthfully, it’s not always that productive either. You try to be good, do the right thing, say the right thing and no matter how hard you try to be good, some people just will not accept it. For goodness sake, what do these people want?

Over the past few weeks we have been plucking the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and this week we grasp at the fruit of, yes, that’s correct, goodness.

I think the reason that being good is so difficult for us is that it goes against our very nature. Now, I know some will disagree with me, but I think man (and that includes woman, too) has a basic tendency toward badness.  Let’s call it the old sin nature. Sure, we have our moments where goodness wins out, but as the Good Book says, “The LORD observed the extent of human wickedness upon the earth, and He saw that everything they thought or imagined as consistently and totally evil.” (Genesis 6:5)  And we have had lots of years to perfect evil to an art form.

But, here is the good news concerning goodness, we can choose to act good. We do not have to settle for being bad, we can take the steps to respond by the very strength that the Holy Spirit supplies.  It’s not by mistake that these fruit are called the fruit of the Spirit, they belong to God, and when we choose to submit our will to His then His fruit can be developed within us.

Therefore, let us submit our will to His today. Let us respond to the admonition of Scripture that declares, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belongs to the family of believers.”  (Galatians 5:9-10)


I guess goodness begins at home.
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