Saying “Be Good”, actually means what?


Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.
Ephesians 5:1

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].”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭10‬ ‭

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 alwaysgoodHe can’t help it—that is just who He is.

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What does Deep Roots Ministries do? We encourage believers to grow spiritually in Christ by discipleship. Continuing the works Jesus did. How do we do that? We study God’s Word to develop a Biblical worldview. Scriptures identify God’s plan for our lives. God’s will to us is revealed in His Word. Together we spend time reading the Bible and studying the Truths of the Word of God. Where do you do this? In our home and others homes with family and friends (small groups), teaching videos, and meetings. Where we are invited to share. Colossians 2:6-7 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

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