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Each weekday on our FaceBook page you’ll find a prayer, reflection, or Bible verse centered around a weekly word. Each Friday we will share the recap of our FB posts here on our blog. Our hope is that we band together to devote our pregnancies, birth experiences and parenting to God our creator.
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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23a
This week we focus on the fruit of goodness; which is a simple word with big implications for our character. We often ask children to, “be good,” but we don’t often use the word with adults. I may describe my friend as loving, joyful, peaceful, or kind, but I don’t typically say, “Yes, I just love her, she exudes goodness!” It sounds kind of trite, pollyanna, juvenile. But God’s Word uses “goodness” many times to describe both Himself and His people. For, when we are following Christ, our actions, attitudes, and thoughts will bear the fruit of goodness and morality.
And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. Exodus 33:19
We serve a good God. The God of power and might, who chooses to be gracious and show mercy to rebellious people. He asks us to do the same.
As wives and mothers, our goodness will be tested. Will we choose to do the right thing, or the thing that serves us best? Often, these are opposed. We are asked to sacrifice for those we love. Give when we have nothing left to hand over. Serve when our flesh is calling out to be waited upon. Love when we want to be selfish. We all have these moments and it’s then that we can call out to our very personal God for help. For as 2 Peter 1:3 says, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.”
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9
Oh help me to cling to what is good! As a mom, I know all about clinging. Sometimes, I feel there is always a child attached to me. Forever someone wanting me, calling to me, needing me. As a small child clings to her mother, let me hold on to You just as tight and with the same great urgency. Let me cling to Your good ways, and detest the world’s lure of evil.
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” – Desmond Tutu
I’d love to say that you can always spot a Christian because of their good acts and outstanding morality, but it sadly is not true. I screw it up daily myself. You may see me in Target yelling at my child in the junk food aisle, cutting someone off in the carpool line in my selfish haste, or judging another mom with an eye roll (at something I probably just did myself last week). Not pretty, but true.
But each day, let’s commit to ask God for forgiveness and invite His Spirit to come upon us, and try to do our little bit of good. For if we all do this, we just may help to overwhelm the world with the goodness of God.
For you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.