During camp, our TAWG lessons covered the Fruit of the Spirit. But there were a few we didn’t get to. This week, we’re taking a look at the rest of the Fruit of the Spirit. We hope these posts give you some good “food” for thought.
Goodness is a difficult concept to grasp at times, especially in the world we live in today. It is hard to know what is good when there is so much evil in the world today. The world is in desperate need of God and His goodness. God is good, and the Bible says “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose”(Romans 8:28). Those who love and trust God will experience His goodness, which may look much different than we expect.
I love the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. You should read all of them if you haven’t. One of my favorite lines from the series comes from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe:
“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
This conversation is about Aslan, who is a Christ-like figure in the novel. It is so profound because we tend to confuse goodness with safety or an easy life. God does work for our good, but that doesn’t always look easy. Many times it is a great challenge, but it so worth the effort.
Take some time to read through Acts 27-28. This is one of the most descriptive passages in the Bible, and it tells the story about Paul and his experience with God’s goodness. If anyone has anything to say about goodness it would be Paul who was imprisoned and persecuted, yet trusted God and continued to serve Him wherever he went.
How does this story make you feel?
What does goodness mean to you?
What is God’s goodness?
How can you express goodness to those around you?
Romans 12:9 says, “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. This means that we must reject the evil that surrounds us and hold on to the good that does exist in the world. When we reach out to others we must not hate those that are different, but it is ok to hate the evil that exists within a person. This goes for us as well. We should hate the evil that resides in us. But it is crucial to hold on to the good as well. Without doing this we lose hope. There is good and it is vital to pull out the good in every situation. Don’t let the media get you down. It tends to only present the negative, evil things that are going on in the world. Search for God’s goodness. Show compassion to those around you no matter what. Start loving unconditionally as Christ, and seek goodness.
Be encouraged today and hold on to God’s goodness. Remember that He is working for the good of those that love Him, even though it may not seem so all the time. We must move beyond the self and learn to live as Christ. Remember that God is present and He is working. Be filled with the Spirit, and trust wholly in God who loves you beyond reason.