Today we are going to go back and discuss one of the fruit we skipped when dealing with meekness and gentleness. It is the fruit of goodness. Goodness as defined in Galatians 5:22 means virtue; beneficence.
We will look at the subject from this viewpoint.
There are many verses in the Bible which boast of the goodness of God. They call upon us to praise the Lord for being our benefactor. Here are just a few:
Psalms 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Psalms 25:7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness‘ sake, O LORD.
Psalms 31:19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; whichthou hast wrought for them that trust in thee
Psalms 107:8 Oh that men would praise the LORD forhis goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Psalms 107:9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
In fact, I encourage you to read and meditate on Psalms 107 this weekend. It is a wonderful psalm of praise about the goodness of God.
God is our benefactor. Do you believe that? Every good thing comes from him. Even our very breath is a gift from God.
The psalmist says that God daily loadeth us with benefits. Everything we have is a from him. Everything I have is due to his goodness.
He is a merciful and gracious benefactor. Everything we need is supplied. The songwriter says it this way…
“All I have needed thy hand hath provided…Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.”
Did you know that the goodness of God does not just extend to the saved? His goodness also extends:
-To the lost
Luke 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
-To the animals
Matthew 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
God does this because He is good. He defines goodness. It is this goodness which He desires us to have produced in our own lives through the Holy Spirit.
In the next couple of days we will discuss what this looks like in more detail. For today, let us just meditate on the goodness of God in our lives. As a dear friend said a couple of days ago, we can get so overwhelmed by the negative around us, but focusing on the goodness of God in our lives will keep us from being consumed by it. In fact, the goodness of God, when our focus, will cause us to break forth in praise.