Saying “Be Good”, actually means what?
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.
As a Christ-following mom and as a child of God. I had to ask myself, Am I a living example of respect and obedience? Am I modeling the fruit of the Spirit for my children and others?
The subtle implication of that short phrase is “remember our relationship—who you are—and act accordingly.” As Christians, goodness is a posture of our heart, formed through our loving relationship with our heavenly Father. And out of that intimate relationship, our actions naturally overflow.
To develop an understanding of goodness as a fruit of the Spirit, we can first endeavor to define “goodness. The way the world defines goodness often fails to measure up to God’s standard, so how do we know what is truly “good”? The Bible shows us the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22–23, and just a few verses earlier, Paul reminds the church that “the flesh desires what is against the Spirit” (Galatians 5:17 ).
We must decide for ourselves if we are going to side with the world and our sinful human nature in what we think is good or with what the Spirit says is good.
We need to get to a place in our faith where our trust in God’s goodness is stronger than our feelings or opinions of what should be good. God alone defines true goodness because God is good.
“For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].”
I encourage you and myself today to sing out in faith about God’s goodness. You might not fully understand it in the moment, but we have the assurance of His Word to know that He is alwaysgood. He can’t help it—that is just who He is.
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