My Good is Not Enough - Part 6
Welcome back! If you are just joining, The 9 Now is a weekly series revealing a view into the 9 Fruits of the Spirit. May this Word of Encouragement speak to you on how the intentional decisions we choose to respond with, impact ourselves and others. Each moment we, as believers, decide to live in the Flesh or walk by the Spirit. Please share a comment, thought, scripture, or quote that may further teach, speak to, or encourage others reading this blog post. Thank you for being an encouragement to someone today and may someone encourage you!
As we move to the sixth fruit of The 9 NOW series (third under the label We Respond With), we are learning that God provides us the Love, Joy, and Peace needed to respond with Patience, Kindness, and Goodness. Today, we turn our focus to GOODNES.
Goodness, a Cousin to Kindness…
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
What do you see in this short but powerful scripture? Instruction perhaps? A command perhaps? The Love of God certainly. What else?
Intention. Yes, intention. Goodness is about making an intentional decision to move from thinking to doing. Take for example Philippians 4:8-9, it states: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice.”
We can think about opening doors for people. Allow others to pass us in line at the grocery store. We can think about helping someone in need financially, serving at church, attending something for a loved one, or doing something for our spouse or parents that demonstrate we are thinking of them and love them. Yes, we can think. Many of us have “good” values, but the scripture says, put into practice. We are encouraged to move from thinking to doing. We are called to not take instruction from just anyone. Instead, we are called to do what you have learned, heard, and seen from Jesus. Because the only goodness we have to offer, comes from God. Philippians 4:9 concludes by saying that by applying these lessons, messages, and visual demonstrations we are offered Peace. “And the God of peace will be with you.”
But How, I am Asking…
To truly live by the Spirit of Goodness, one must reject the passivity of the flesh and intentionally make a decision. One most choose to walk by the Spirit rather than the desires of the flesh. Feeling lazy rather than serving, choose. Feeling guilty or shame for a missed opportunity, respond now, it’s not too late, choose. Telling yourself the wrong message or making agreements with the enemy, no longer, choose. Lashing out at a friend or family member and know you need to ____, choose. Put into practice by choosing to:
· Serve through mentoring. Serve by giving your gifts and talents to your church. Serve by putting your whole self into the what you are called to do. Choose to do.
· Respond to the opportunities in front of you. See where you are needed. Choose to do.
· No longer listen to the lies, hear the truth of The Holy Spirit. Repent. Let go of lies. Forgive (including yourself). Choose to do.
· _____ a friend or family member today. Model what you have been taught. Model what you have heard. Model what you have seen. Choose to do.
Radio host Dennis Prager has been quoted as saying “Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.”
Goodness is our reflection of God, it’s the personal and intentional manner at which we choose to take what He has given us and give to others. There is nothing flesh about goodness. Goodness is from God and therefore a Spiritual gift from Him to us and us to others. While goodness starts in our mind it is carried out in our actions, through what we choose to do.
So, what about you?
Do you believe the Goodness of God is at the core of our Christian Faith? Do you see the Goodness of God through the gift of His son, Jesus? Do you have something you have been holding onto that is not good and need to let go? Will you recognize that the Goodness of God is not defined by our health, wealth, or happiness, but rather the Holiness of God. Will you surrender the quality of your good, for the Goodness of God?
I hope you found this post to be thought provoking, encouraging, or that it moved in your heart, please share a comment, quote, or scripture to help others to be encouraged today.
The next fruit we will be FAITHFULNESS, stay tuned.
Until next time…
Chris Hewitt, the WOE Writer