Galatians 5:22,23 (NIV) ~ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Who is good like our God? Nobody. His goodness is immeasurable. How in the world can we even compare or get close to being good as He is good ?
If we desire to be like Christ, we have to discipline ourselves to be good and showing His goodness to others. It isn’t always easy. The fruit of the Spirit is not plural…each aspect of it makes up the Fruit (the personality of God). The attributes of God.
In order to please God, we have to do what is right ALL of the time. Not SOME of the time. Yes, that is definitely hard to do..but it isn’t impossible. Nothing is impossible with God. When you accept Christ as your Savior you have the Holy Spirit living on the inside.
Goodness alone won’t get you to HEAVEN.
Matthew 7:21-23 ~ Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”
You see, being good and doing good things does not always mean that you have a real relationship with God. Faith in Christ Jesus is what it is all about. Then your faith will in turn lead to goodness..and actions that are based on your faith in God. Not because it looks good to do good..but because you can’t contain your love for Christ. Your love for Jesus, your faith in Jesus, your relationship with Jesus..that is where true goodness comes from.
You can do good if you are a Believer in Christ and you can do good if you aren’t. The fact of the matter is that nobody can do enough good things to get to heaven. That is why we need our Savior Jesus.
Ephesians 2:8-10 ~ For it is by grace you have been saved through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Romans 3:22-24 ~ This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Think of ALL of the wonderful and beautiful things God has given us..done for us. Think of the times when things went bad..but God turned them around for GOOD. I can’t look up at the beautiful sky without being reminded of the things He provides each day for us to enjoy. If we just take the time to notice the good. It is a choice..focus on the Good or focus on the negative.
We can’t do good…be good…not the kind that matters…without God! God is GOOD…He is the source of TRUE GOODNESS.