Have you ever met someone who you considered to be good? By following their actions you were able to determine they weren’t just doing good deeds, but that they themselves were full of goodness. Goodness is a fruit that can be cultivated and grown in our lives. When it’s grown into virtue, then goodness becomes an intrinsic part of who we are.
Lean into goodness by becoming attuned to the Father’s goodness and the selfless love of Jesus.
The Spirit intends for others to see our goodness. We are to let our good actions be seen as a testament to Him. I choose to let others see goodness in me and through the things I do for others.
I myself am satisfied about you, my brethren, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another. Romans 15:14, RSV
Walking through a dark room can lead to injury. The light makes my walk safer. The fruits of Goodness are a testament to God’s shining light in my spiritual life. I choose to let His light shine through my actions, they are a way others can learn and know the Lord.
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for it is because of these things that the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not associate with them, for once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is a shame even to speak of the things that they do in secret; but when anything is exposed by the light it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Ephesians 5:6-13, RSV
My desire to do good is a direct response to God’s calling on my life. I do not have to preach great messages before crowds. I do not have to lead bible studies for hundreds. Like St. Therese of Lisieux I can do little things for God with great love. My desire to show goodness to others is part of His calling on my life.
To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his call, and may fulfil every good resolve and work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, RSV