We see goodness in everyday, ordinary moments or objects. We find goodness in the things that please us like a good meal, or a cup of coffee. Even for me, this weather is good for providing relief from the heat. But that’s not what goodness means under the Fruits of the Spirit. In this context, goodness starts and remains with God.
Goodness means to embrace God and not our own tendencies. As humans, our natural tendency is sin. It has been since Adam and Eve in the Garden. But as Christians, we need to spend time in study and prayer daily to remind ourselves of the true goodness we believe in through Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.
Despite the tendency to sin, God reaches down to us, and loves on us.
How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.Psalms 31:19
Goodness is finding our satisfaction in him. Depending on him allows us to hold onto his purpose and goodness. Really, it’s full circle.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.Psalms 23:6
Long story short, the only true, consistent goodness we experience comes from our faith and trust in God. You can find goodness in the little pleasures, but those earthly feelings will fade. Understand purpose, surrender and goodness through him and his Word.
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.James 3:13
Goodness can be all those little things I mentioned before. It can also be good behavior, obedience, a good attitude, positivity, and good times. But the point I am driving home is where your true perspective of goodness really comes from.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28