Bearing Fruit – Seeds of Goodness

If someone said “God is good“, I am guessing that being the good Christians we are, our immediate response would be “All the time”.

But have we ever stopped to think about the phrase?

Let us ponder this in stages.

1. To be a Christian is to be Christlike. i.e. To do as Jesus would.

2. Jesus is the Son of God, and while on earth, He showed us what it is like to live a Godly life.

3. Finally, if God is good, and we are striving to be like God (Matthew 5:48, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”), then it seems like seeds of goodness ought to be sprouting out from us as a result of the Holy Spirit’s fruit being produced in us.

So what is goodness?

Many dictionaries agree on the basic meaning to be “being morally good or virtuous”.

Synonyms include: righteousness (morally right).

Let’s face it. We could write numerous books on the subject of God’s goodness or righteousness and still not do justice to the magnitude of it.

However, we will look at a few ways that we can emulate His goodness in 2019.

1. God is consistent in His faithfulness toward us.

“No good thing does He withhold from those that walk uprightly.” Psalm 85:11

His mercies are new every morning. Lamentations 3:22-23.

Are we faithful in our commitments? Can we be relied upon, at home, at work, at church?

2. God is always ready to forgive us.

1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins…”

Although death should be the consequence for our sins, God is always ready to forgive in response to sincere repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

Are we as willing to forgive others? Or do we cherish grudges and must be persuaded to let them go?

If we do not forgive others, how can we expect God to forgive us?

3. God is a refuge in time of need.

We need not look further than the book of Psalm for the many references to God as our protector.

Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge…” Psalm 18:2

Do those in need see us in the same way? Are we people they can run to, sure of the help they would receive?

If we have difficulty answering any of the above, we ought to think a little longer about whether we truly reflect the goodness of the God we claim to follow.

Let goodness abound in 2019!

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