“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”
Goodness. What is goodness? It is more then being good. Goodness in the Dictionary means: “Morally excellent; virtuous; righteous; satisfactory in quality, quantity, or degree: of high quality; excellent, right; proper, and well-behaved.”
Do you know of any good people? Are you a good person?
The Greek meaning for goodness is: “Uprightness of heart and life, goodness, kindness.” (Thayer Greek Definitions)
Goodness is the action that kindness brings. Goodness is what God is. God is Good: All the time and All the time: God is good. I say this a lot during my sermons and everyday life. But the reality is so true. God can’t be anything else but good. Because He is good, he is waiting and looking for people to be good too.
Isaiah 30:18a Amplified Bible
“And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you.”
Being gracious is being good. This is what God is constantly doing everyday. Isaiah 30 verse 18 goes on to say:
Isaiah 30:18b Amplified Bible
“For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless unbroken companionship]!”
This scripture says that God is waiting to be good to somebody who is waiting for God to be good to them. What are you looking for in your life? What are you waiting for? What are you expecting? Are you expecting nothing? Are you expecting trouble, bad news or just “whatever”? If you are expecting “whatever” you will get it – whatever, instead of specifically what you are needing or desiring.
Now that we have established that God is good and that He is looking for people who are expecting good things, we need to learn to be good to people, no matter how difficult it may seem at the time, it is a basic requirement of experiencing God’s goodness.
Have you ever noticed how excited we are about someone being good to us? We may say, “They are such a good person.” Or, “He or she is so good to me.” We will talk about it to others for hours. But when it comes to being good to someone else, we’re not nearly as interested. It’s time to get our minds off ourselves and say, “From now on, God, every day I’m going to be good to someone. In fact, every day, all day, we need to be good to all people.
If you think about it, there are numerous ways to be good to people. People are starving for somebody – anybody – to show them the love of God. Demonstrating love starts with a simple act of goodness. To display God’s character, you must make a choice to be good to people.
Start by asking God to develop the fruit of goodness inside of you. Ask God to put opportunities in your path that allow you daily to demonstrate goodness to someone. Ask God to display His character through you. To make someone feel better, give someone joy, make someone happy. Ask God to use you as an instrument to bless someone. You’ll be amazed at how your life will change by simply getting your mind off yourself, your problem, your wants and your needs. Leave your list of “I wants” in God’s hands. Instead, concentrate on being a blessing wherever you go. You’ll be surprised at how many of the “I wants” on your list will be taken care of because of your goodness to others.
Let’s get back to basics again. God is good all the time and here is a verse that proclaims this:
Psalms 31:19 Amplified Bible
“Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear, revere, and worship You, goodness which You have wrought for those who trust and take refuge in You before the sons of men!”
This verse tells us that God’s goodness is laid up for those who fear, revere, and worship Him, trust, and take refuge in Him before the sons of men. That says to me that if I will not be a closet Christian, but be open and live my christianity before the sons of men, God will store up His goodness for me.
There are a number of people today who profess to be Christians but don’t want to admit it or live it outside of their Christian circle. They’re Sunday morning Christians, but on Monday morning you can’t tell any difference between them and those who never claimed to be a Christian.
We need to take a stand for God. But, many of us choose fear instead. We’re afraid of being rejected, or isolated or laughed at, we’re afraid to take a stand and say, “I really don’t want to hear a dirty joke. I’m a Christian and I don’t want to hear any filthy language. I’m not really interested in going to an R-rated movie, or hitting the bars after work. That’s not what I’m about. My life and my relationship with God are too important to me.” That is what the Scripture means when it says,… those who trust and take refuge in You before the sons of men!
This eliminates lukewarm, compromising Christianity. Hearing about the fruit of the Spirit, specifically goodness, will not do you any good unless you’re ready to take a full, 100% stand for Christ.
It is no accident that you are living at this time in church history. I firmly believe that God hand selected those He wanted living during the time when Jesus will return. I do not take lightly the responsibility that God has given me. With opportunity comes responsibility. It’s time to stop compromising. It is time to stop giving excuses. It is time to stand for Christ and live out our Christian walk and not be ashamed.
Psalm 23:6 NKJV
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
Only goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life. Only! Nothing bad, nothing negative. Only goodness and mercy. Goodness and mercy follow you everywhere you go. I like how the message Bible states this verse:
Psalm 23:6a Message
“Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life…”
God’s goodness is more then we think it is. The Shepherd knows what the sheep needs at different times of the year.
Psalm 65:11 NKJV
“You crown the year with your goodness and your paths drip with abundance.”
We can see an insight of what exactly God’s goodness is in Exodus 33:18 – 23.
Exodus 33:18 – 19 Amplified Bible
“And Moses said, I beseech You, show me Your glory. And God said, I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim My name, The Lord, before you; for I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy and loving-kindness on whom I will show mercy and loving-kindness.”
Moses asked to see God’s glory. God said he will make all His goodness pass before him. God’s glory is His goodness. That is such an awesome thought that Moses saw all of God’s goodness pass before him.
God’s goodness, His glory, goes before us. When we show goodness we literally are showing God’s glory. We shine when we are good. Now, when you read verses about Goodness, it has a whole different light to it.
Going back to Psalm 65:11, “You crown the year with your goodness and your paths drip with abundance.” Now we see that God crowns each year with His glory, His goodness, and our path, our steps, will drip, overflow, with abundance. This sounds like goodness and mercy, beauty and love, shall follow me, chase after me all the days of my life.
When we show goodness, we show God’s glory, because God is good. The devil has no good in him. He can’t even try and muster up a single ounce of goodness. Only a good God can bring good. We are being like Him when we show goodness. See how we shine for His glory when we display goodness to others?
God is good! This is what God said about Himself concerning Who He is when He passeed by Moses: “And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.” (Exodus 34:6)
We need to believe, really believe in the goodness of God. Perhaps your belief in God’s goodness is something that you’ve let slide to a back burner. God wants you to start expecting good things from a good God again!
If you don’t believe in something good, you will have a sour life. And sour people turn everything around them sour. I don’t want to be around sour people who do nothing but complain about their problems. I want to hear what God can do, what God has done. I want to hear your expectations for what God will do in your life.
Are you expecting something good to happen to you?
Psalm 27:13 Amplified Bible
“[What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness, not in heaven, but in the land of the living!”
David said, “What in the world would have happened to me? What kind of condition would I be in? What pit would I be in had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness, not in heaven, but int he land of the living.”
Just because something happens that appears to be a dead end to you, doesn’t mean it is a dead end.
If God closes a door, He opens a window. If Satan seals up every door and every window, God will yank the roof off. We serve a God Who makes a way where there doesn’t seem to be a way.
God is the Waymaker. Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). He is tenacious. He never gives up to fulfill His goodness towards His people.
Psalm 27:14 Amplified Bible
“Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.”
You will experience God’s goodness not just when we get to heaven, but in the here and now, in the ordinary activities of your life. No matter what you are going through put your hope in God’s goodness and expect Him to move in your situation.
Psalm 37:3 NLT
“Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.”
Trust God and do good. Don’t give up doing good, you will receive a reward.
Galatians 6:9 NIV
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
There will be times we want to give up. You might be experiencing hard times right now. You may be believing for a breakthrough. Don’t be discouraged. God’s going to come through for you.
Galatians 6:10 Amplified Bible
“So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers].”
Each time you have an opportunity, be good to somebody. Don’t let one occasion pass you by to be good to somebody that you don’t jump in there and take advantage of that opportunity. If you want to be good to somebody, all you’ve got to do is listen to them.
Forgiving someone is being good to them, and yourself. Forgive people when they don’t deserve it. Before someone stops offending you, you can forgive them. Love believes the best. Maybe they didn’t mean to hurt you.
God is good… All the time, now you are going to be good… all the time
Kindness is the attitude we have towards people at being willing to forgive them and not be hard on them. Goodness is the action we take to actually be a blessing in their life.
Remember whenever you are good to someone you shine God’s glory everywhere you go. This takes the pride out of us. We realize we are doing it for God and not our own glory. Shine for the King wherever you go by being good to others.
Your sister in Christ,
Pastor Kris Belfils