“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23
[Part six of nine in a fruits of the spirit series. See the others here >> Love Joy Peace Patience Kindness]
Have you ever seen true goodness? Like the beauty of someone’s heart, going out of their way to sacrifice their own time, money, resources to do something for you. Just to prove they love you.
I have, in multitudes!
Like the surprise flowers from the cute boy in the middle of the busiest workday known to mankind.
Like the beauty of God’s creation zooming by on a roadtrip with your nose pressed up against the window, lost in a daydream.
Like the Emmaeus retreat I went on. Not knowing anyone or anything, and letting others to bless me with gifts, home cooked meals and love without being able to give them anything in return.
Like coming home to a vacuumed house when you fully expected and mentally prepared yourself for cleaning the entire night. (PTL for the best roommates, am I right?!)
Maybe these are so good because they weren’t expected. Or maybe it was because they were strategically placed in a crazy busy life. But we all know that these are not coincidences, but as my friend likes to call them, God-incidences! He places those actions as a visible reminder of just how good He is.
“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.” – James 1:17
Goodness is both vertical and horizontal.
These gifts given out of the goodness of a friend’s heart not only reflect their goodness, but their creator’s goodness too.
Because goodness is shown to us by God, we should therefore give it to others. Easy, right? We were created for this!
Oh, but on a bad day, its easy to only give goodness when its an “Oh my goodness, REALLY?!” Not exactly the point.
Let’s focus on giving goodness without expectations. Without fear of being forgotten or ignored or overlooked. And, as others see these gifts, they can see the glory of God within you. Beautiful!
Goodness is purely for the benefit of others.
Serve? Ok. Done. Do it expecting nothing in return? Ehhhhh…. I need to go home I forgot I need to vacuum my room.
This kind of serving is the most challenging. And the hardest to correct, because it involves that crazy little emotional rudder inside of us called our heart. The only remedy is to give it away. Place your heart, your emotions, and feelings of recognition into God’s hands and watch it change the world!
Then, and only then, will the goodness overflowing from your being be 100% genuine.
I have to remind myself with prayer before each serving opportunity to give God the glory, no matter who sees the deed (or doesn’t). Pray that this meal served, encouraging text sent, or gift given would bless the person and lift their chin to see God more clearly.
How have you seen goodness given with abandon?