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05/21/2012

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For Goodness Sake


"Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever" (Psa.23:6).

We find goodness to be a part of the fruit of the spirit in Gal.5:22. It also makes Peter's list when he writes: "make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;" (2 Pet.1:5). Just how do we even begin to define what goodness is as a trait in human beings? Would displaying goodness be shown in giving to another what they have earned? I would think that there is more involved. A person would personify goodness in being generous to those who are not deserving. It is certainly the polar opposite of evil that would begrudge everything one would have to give. A person who is good is both open with their hearts and hands. It might be said that the term goodness is one of those words that is easier to recognize than to define. We find two excellent examples of good people in the Book of Acts in Barnabas and Dorcas. Barnabas was generous with his possessions (4:32-37) and was happy to see others show progress. (11:23) He was also an encourager of others, which is how he got his name. (4:36) Dorcas it says "was always doing good and helping the poor." (9:36) Upon her death all the widows stood around Peter, showing him the clothing that she had made for them. (9:39) I doubt that they were praising her ability to sew, but rather her goodness in being so generous. It would be good for us to meditate on the passages in Acts about these two people who exhibited unfettered goodness in their lives. I hope it would encourage us in our daily life to display our goodness in Christian service...

Have a great start to your week.. Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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