Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness and Goodness
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We must re-capture a desire for goodness.
Goodness means different things to different people - common idea is the notion that "if it feels good, then it is good"
It is the smaller daily choices in life that will make and shape us. As christians we are called to live radical lives that reflect God. God is good and scripture is all about goodness.
At the start of the bible - Genesis 1:10/18/25:
"God saw that is was good"
God created humans, he looked at what he made and (v.31) "it was very good"
God is good and his creation is good. 1 tim 4 : everything God created is good.
At the end of the bible - Revelation 21:
God will bring about a renewal of the heaven's and the earth. God's goodness will reign again.
The time we live in - the now and the not yet:
We look at the world we live in now and we see death, suffering, economic and ecological disasters and we see that not everything is good and not everything is as it should be. But we live between two worlds - between Genesis and Revelation.
As Christians it is our desire that goodness flows from us.
Jesus said "Be like me", but it is not easy, it is fair from easy. We are pulled in all directions away from what is good by temptation.
To the church in Galatians Paul writes "do not give in to the things of the flesh, instead, live by the Spirit and see the fruit of the spirit produced in you" - one of those fruits is goodness.
Like the very breath within us, we must live with the spirit in us and when we are filled with the spirit we can't help but produce goodness.
Goodness is a combination of kindness and strength mixed together - it is an active word.
By the Spirit's help we must ensure that we Do something rather Nothing. But how many times is it easier to just walk on by? God will use us if we let him. God by His Spirit makes us good and we must reflect that goodness outwards.