“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
As I sit down to write this challenge on goodness, my mind freezes up. What is goodness? I know what “good” means, but what does it mean to have a character of “goodness”?
Consider Moses’ experience with this thing called goodness: “And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence…” (Exodus 33:19).
Goodness is a characteristic of God. How, then, can we produce goodness? David answers this question in Psalm 31:19, “How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you.”
First of all, goodness is all the Lord’s. We cannot come up with goodness on our own. Our strivings will never make us “good”, for goodness is bestowed rather than earned.
Second of all, His goodness is bestowed in our sight. What does that mean, exactly? It means our eyes are opened to His goodness all around us, and when our eyes are opened to Him, our lives are changed. We see differently. We react differently. We live differently.
When we live seeing the Lord’s goodness in all we do, our lives are drastically changed. If we take goodness for what it is, we see truth in everything. We see promise in everything. We see beauty in everything.
Goodness points to the greater truth: God is in everything. His goodness, mercy, love, and splendor reside in the creatures who love and worship Him. They are a reflection of His character.
Meaning the reflection in your mirror this morning was a reflection of God’s goodness. If we truly believe He has made and is in all things, our view of all things will change. Our eyes will be opened to the goodness of the Lord all around us.
And when our sight is renewed to the truth, we see beauty in all things.
Make today a good day. Look for His goodness in yourself and in others. Remember that goodness has nothing to do with you, but it has everything to do with Him. That, my friend, is true freedom.