JULY 15, Galatians 5:22-23
Goodness is a quality in us that will put a smile on others. In turn, this goodness given by God will lead sinners to repentance if they see that in you.
This particular quality has a real drawing power to it. Spirit-filled believers who possess goodness are like a magnet. Many people who have been saved through an individual believer say that what drew them was the love and goodness they saw shining through that believer.
Christians can effectively witness to others by just living right and being a good example and role model for others to follow. Many nonbelievers carefully observe Christians because they know there is something different about them.
Goodness in a person gets deep down into the core of a believer’s personality. To those who really have this quality, you can tell that it is something operating deep down inside of them. You can see it, and feel it when you get around people filled with goodness. We are not talking about someone who is nice on the outside but not nice inside. There are many people like that. These are hypocrites who pretend to be nice and good. Or they are nice only to people who are important or useful to them. That is not the fruit of the Holy Spirit; that is fruit of someone selfish who plans to be good only to selected people they can use. That is not what the bible is teaching; we are to be good to all around us.
Being good also means we are ready to do good, not just talk about doing good. There are some who talk more than they do; the idea here is for believers who are filled with the Holy Spirit to do what they say, instead of just saying the right things.
Are you a good child? Do you show to your parents, siblings, teachers and classmates you have this quality in you? Are they pleased with your behaviour? Do you speak kindly and are you an unselfish child?
Thought: May others know me as a good child!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I confess that at times, I have not been good. At times, I have been naughty or unkind or just not nice. But Heavenly Father, Thou know I want to be good. So please forgive me of my sins and help me to learn to be a good child. I pray that as I transform and improve, others can see the changes in me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.