So in striving to live a Life by the Spirit what does Goodness do for us? That is what we are typically interested in…what will it do for “us or me”. For starters, that perspective usually leads us away from Goodness because of the self-focus. As with all the Fruits of the Spirit, we need to focus on our interactions with others and our relationship with God. Some would argue that Goodness and Kindness are the same thing…for me the difference is Kindness usually involves some sort of self-sacrifice, giving up something of value for another and Goodness is choosing between doing Good versus doing bad things or doing nothing at all.
Choosing to do Good in this world can begin to feel frustrating as you are striving to contribute in a positive way and it seems others keep pushing you back or pushing you down. Do not quit, often times when we do something Good we may not get to see the impact it had on someone and we need to be Ok with that…we need to have faith that whether we see the results or not it is better to do Good for others and for God. The apostle Paul writes in the Book of Galatians…
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 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 belong to the family of believers.”
Choose to sow some Goodness to your part of the world today and it will grow.
Tomorrow I will be back to discuss Faithfulness.