The Be Free Series Continues: Week 6 | Goodness
“How are you?” “Good. You?”
“I hope you have a good day.”
“Good morning, good evening, good night.”
Phrases that we say and hear every day.
Yesterday, I was conversing with friends about how these phrases have lost the richness in what they mean. We say them out of an almost obligation instead of as a blessing to their day. It seems as though this word good has become a large part of small talk and habitual phrases. But this is far from what God intended when he instructed us to have goodness as a fruit of the spirit.
The word good is in the scriptures multiple times…
“Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; Sing praises to His name for it is lovely.” Psalms 135:3
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11
“They worshipped and gave praise to the Lord, saying, “Truly He is good, truly His loving kindness is everlasting.” 2 Chronicles 7:3
“How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you. In the shelter of your presence you hide them from all human intrigues; you keep them safe in your dwelling from accusing tongues.” Psalm 31:19-20
When we seek His face and ask God to teach us His ways (Psalm 27) we see that the goodness from the Lord is holy - it is set apart from the world.
Goodness is not an outward action. There is nothing that we can do to make God love us more. Goodness is not attaining a certain status. There is no “good deed” that can be done to make God give us greater favor. Goodness is not something that we can do apart from God. Good things are a blessing that come directly from God. When we put our lives into the hands of God, His power through His Holy Spirit transforms us.
I believe that it is easy for us to woo people with our good deeds. However, if our heart isn't in the right place, this is not something that brings glory to God. We should act towards others with goodness, grace, and mercy from an overflow of the goodness, grace, and mercy that is extended to us from Jesus. God sees every detail of our heart and we should desire to do all things for His glory, not of a self-righteous spirit.
David explains in Psalms that the Lord’s goodness and mercy follow him. This is not because of anything that David does, it is not because of his good deeds, or because of his righteousness. David knows that the Lord’s mercy and goodness are with him always because his Father in heaven is always with him.
I challenge you this week to humble yourself before God and allow Him to show you who your audience is.
I know that God’s goodness and mercy will follow you when you run after God’s heart.
Be blessed this week!