Hey there, Beauty. How are you doing?
If we were having a real conversation or passing by in the store, how many of you would have answered, “Good”? And how many of you would have just been saying that from habit?
The word ‘good’ and all versions of have been worn down, used out of context, used incorrectly, and honestly, don’t mean very much in our society. But when you stop to ponder what is good, and who is good, and I mean really ponder. You can find yourself spinning in a web of questions far beyond the basic “good vs evil” that almost instantaneously comes to mind.
Good is neither great nor terrible. At first thought it doesn’t appear to be elaborate or profound in describing anything. But as I began to pursue goodness as a piece of the Fruit of the Spirit, I found that it is quite wonderful.
Scripture is absolutely littered with goodness.
Psalms 119:68 You are good and do only good; teach me Your decrees.
From the very beginning, it was good, all of it. Genesis 1
Just about every other Psalm talks about God’s goodness.
Proverbs itself is an entire book in the Bible devoted to teaching how to live a good and righteous life.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd.
The Gospel, or Good News is the very foundation of the Christian faith.
To be good is, as the original Greek puts it, to be inherently good. From the depths of your life, from your heart, right down to the core. Enter in, my all time go to verse, Proverbs 4:23, Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. If we desire to live a “good” life, then we must be certain that what we are putting in is good. And where does goodness come from, except the Lord. I believe that the Bible backs up this statement tenfold.
Take some time to really reflect and meditate on what is good, who is good, why is good.
Upon my own time meditating on goodness I discovered that it’s not such a colorless word. It’s really quite extraordinary, because simply put, God is good. He is good all the time. And for me, any word that is used to describe God is anything but bland.
May His goodness be reflected in your heart and life.