Can I be honest? I don’t like to be good. The fruit of goodness requires me to extend myself to others — and sometimes I find that uncomfortable. I know that the Bible says I am supposed to meet the needs of the poor and hurting and the downtrodden, but some times I don’t want to. I’d rather sit on my couch and watch HGTV. I’d rather go to Starbucks with my friends. Id’ rather take a nap.
Cultivating this fruit will require sacrifice. I am going to have to say no to myself — to my selfishness, to my pride, to my prejudice, to my needs. Goodness puts others first, regardless of whether they are “nice” or “pretty” or “deserving.” Jesus didn’t come to meet the needs of people who had no needs. He came to save the lost and heal the brokenhearted. This is messy business.
Today, I read Emily’s story. She let a homeless woman take a nap in her car. I found myself wondering if I would have looked the other way.
Lord, help me see people the way that You do. Cultivate goodness in my selfish heart.
“Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone.
If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody.
Don’t insist on getting even;
that’s not for you to do.
‘I’ll do the judging,’ says God. ‘I’ll take care of it.’
Our Scriptures tell us
that if you see your enemy hungry,
go buy that person lunch,
or if he’s thirsty,
get him a drink.
Your generosity will surprise him with goodness.
Don’t let evil get the best of you;
get the best of evil by doing good.
Romans 12:17-21, MSG
Q4U: Is this an area you struggle in? How do you intentionally cultivate the fruit of goodness?