Oh my goodness…Do you have some?
Reviewing the list of the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5 (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control), I often have wondered the difference in kindness and goodness.
I finally decided on a reasonable distinction: kindness is shown, goodness is owned. (Catchy, huh?)
Where do I get this distinction? Psalm 119:68 made an impression on me years ago. The Psalmist says of God: You are good, and what you do is good. Teach me your decrees.
I thought it interesting that the writer of this Psalm separated what God IS and what He DOES. And, of course, God is consistent. He IS good, and his ACTIONS are good also.
Quite possibly God wants the same in us. He not only wants us to act, behave, and conduct ourselves good (and kind!); He also wants us to posses a goodness that prompts godly behavior.
We also see that the Psalmist asks to be taught God’s decrees that prompt this goodness. Quite possibly those decrees are the key to developing that goodness character in us.
One thing for sure: According to Galatians 5 God apparently wants to develop a goodness in us; and it’s a different issue than kindness.
What are you going to do about it?
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