Everyone knows the story of the Good Samaritan. Even if you don’t attend a church regularly or read your Bible much, most know this basic story. Society today has even adopted the term to refer to anyone selflessly helps another person.
A Good Samaritan is someone who exhibits the fruit of love very well. Selflessly giving without the thought of return.
Goodness is a characteristic that manifests itself within our hearts and showed to others through our actions when we yield to the Spirit.
Biblically, goodness is conforming our life and conversation to behave benevolently towards others.
Goodness is when we are concerned with meeting the needs of others rather than expecting them to change before we meet their needs. We can’t expect people to change before we help them, that’s not biblical love.
What happens when we help them before they change with the expectation that they will change once we do? We will feel slighted or even angry when they don’t change. Instead of showing kindness to them next time we will instead be motivated to be mean – the opposite behavior.
Meanness is refusing to be liberal with charity, thus avoiding any personal expense.
When our flesh is in control, it will measure people by their worthiness for your help. Are they good enough? Or are they a failure and don’t deserve your help? You make a list of those who qualify for your help and measure everyone to that list of standards.
Now take a minute and think about God, what He treated you in the exact same way. What if He decided you were too much of a failure for His love and salvation? Now all of a sudden it doesn’t sound so good.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
You can’t serve people with this skewed scale.
Compassion should be our driving force when it comes to showing goodness to others in need.
Websters 1828 dictionary defines compassion as a mixed passion, compounded of love and sorrow. We can’t show compassion without love and sorrow together. We are motivated to help because we have sorrow for their need or current state along with our love for them. We need compassion in order to be yielded to the fruit of goodness.
A giving person is someone who is showing goodness to others. Are you a generous person? While we are not saved through works, others see our faith through our works.
James 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
God is so good to us, He wants to turn around and show that same goodness to others.
As human beings, it is easy for us to become full of ourselves. Our flesh believes others owe us something, we see the faults of others before we see our own. Yet as Christians with the desire to be Spirit-led, we are called to show goodness to others by putting their needs before our own. God will take care of our needs if we are yielding to the fruits of the Spirit. It is His will that we are a blessing to others. Being mean is not only putting a bad reputation on yourself but also the Jesus Christ.
Since I just love Young Living and the fact that they have an oil for everything (!!!) I thought it would be fun to give you an oil suggestion for each of the fruits of the Spirit. While we work towards changing our hearts to be aligned with God’s will and commands, there is an oil to help you move closer to that goal. Acceptance is an oil that supports you in accepting not only faults within yourself but of others, which allows you to show goodness towards others. Send me an email to get yourself a bottle!