But as for me, I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; LORD, do not delay.
I’ve said it many times—God is for you, not against you. He doesn’t seek to enslave you, but rather He seeks to set you free. In Jesus, we are free from the chains of sin and shame. God’s love cleanses us from our hurts, habits, and hangups. We are able to live abundantly with joy and in peace.
We are broken. Sometimes, we’re shattered. Life just kicks the living daylights out of us when we least expect it, taking our breath away. It’s in those difficult times we need a God who can deliver us the most.
We can trust the Lord to do just that—help us when the journey gets tough. He is trustworthy. We can have faith in Him to deliver on His promises. We need fear no longer, accepting the gifts of God’s grace and mercy. In Him, we are healed and freed from a life going nowhere to a new life focused on pleasing the Lord.
Praise God for His goodness because He is good indeed—-all the time!
Paul is more concerned with our orientation of selfless and outgoing concern for others than how each portion of the Fruit of the Spirit works out in daily practice. Once we have a Jesus encounter, we are no longer the same. We discover a new focus and orientation that reflects the selfless, outpouring love of God himself.
We can define goodness as constructive action reaching out to others. Goodness is a manifestation of the grace that we have received. Remember, the Fruit of the Spirit demonstrates our character and is seen through our conduct.
The goodness of God is one of His many attributes. We cannot separate what is good from God. True goodness cannot be understood apart from knowing God and viewing things from His perspective. God is good, just as God is love. God is the source of everything that is good. God does not withhold anything that is truly good from the children whom He loves.
In the same way, we can model God’s goodness toward others. We treat people with the grace that God gives us. We love others the way the Lord loves us.
Prayer:Lord, let your goodness flow through me and shine Your love into the lives of others. Let the joy of the Lord be present in all my interactions today. Empower to bring peace into the lives I enter today. May I deal with everyone patiently and with kindness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
The inner-goodness of God is something that is hard for us to fathom. God is morally and spiritually superb in every imaginable way. We can never be that holy. Not without His help. We are fallen and tainted. We are shattered and broken. We are imperfect. But God is perfect.
Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.”
Revelation 4:8 (NIV)
God’s holiness is something we can praise Him for because none is as holy as He.