Grown by God: Goodness

When we were little kids, our parents started teaching us the difference between “bad” and “good.” Sometimes the bad stuff they warned us against wasn’t morally bad–it was just dangerous. Not looking both ways before crossing the street isn’t a sin, but you still should. On the other hand, everything we were taught that was “good” isn’t necessarily ethically right. Eating your vegetables is good to do, but it’s a different type of “good decision.” However, we also learned about how to do right and not to do wrong. We learned about being honest, obeying directions from authority, and being polite. 

Think Break:

What does “being good” look like?

One of the fruits that the Spirit brings to our lives is simply called “goodness.” That is the state of being good. While it sounds easy enough, there’s a deep, beautiful side to God giving us goodness. Often overlooked, we can think that Christians are good because of our good choices. However, the Bible paints a very different picture. Psalm 14:2–3 states, “The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.” Psalm 16:2 says, “I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.’” The latter part of Jeremiah 4:22 reads, “They are ‘wise’—in doing evil! But how to do good they know not.” 

You see, all of humankind -including you and me- are not good on our own. On our own, we are sinners and morally weak. Given the chance, we do not do what is right. You and I have clearly seen this in our own lives and experiences. So, how are Christians “good”? Simply put, it is because of God. Through God, we have found forgiveness, newness of life, and hope of being right in His sight. It is because our lives have been given to God that we “get things right.” It is since we have been redeemed and are living according to the will of our perfect God–not that we are perfect, but we are able to stand right before God because we are continually washed in the blood of Jesus.

If we want to see things rightly, we need to see the goodness in our lives as a gift of God. It’s something the Spirit has created within us and is maintained by Him as we continue to choose godly living. 

Further Thought:

How does our selfish pride work against us having true goodness?

What signs of goodness are found in your life?

How can we turn attention to God when people notice the goodness we have?

 

More Devotionals on the fruit of the Spirit by Will Martin:

Grown by God: Love

Grown By God: Joy

Grown by God: Peace

Grown by God: Patience

Grown by God: Kindness

Grown By God: Faithfulness

Grown by God: Gentleness

Grown by God: Self-Control

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