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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Man-nerisms: Goodness

"How are you doing?"

"Fine. How are you?"

"Yeah, I'm doing good too."

Does this sound familiar to you? No doubt most of us can navigate our way through the first few lines of a casual conversation on auto pilot. Don't worry though, I'm not writing to rag on you about being sincere, just to point out how casually we use significant words. We use and overuse the word "good" almost like it was "nice".

When it comes to the fruit of the Spirit we need to extract "goodness" out of the quagmire of thoughtless responses and plunk it squarely in the light. So often we look for superlatives to describe something exceptional and relegate "good" to the level of "okay" and "alright". This could be a battle of semantics and it could also be that we need to be reminded about God's view of being good.

Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory." 19 And the LORD said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live." 21 Then the LORD said, "There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen." ~ Exodus 33:18-23

Talk about an encounter with God! He is so good, so glorious, that He had to protect Moses from certain and immediate death. Is there anything mediocre here? This is a defining attribute of who God is.

God not only is good, He does good things. In the Genesis account of creation He repeatedly declares it to be good. He was pleased with what His creation and took satisfaction in it. When He created people He looked over all He had created and saw that it was "very good".

So what does that say about you and me? God, who is exteremely good, (see - there I go adding descriptors to "good") fills us with the Holy Spirit to produce that attribute in us. In fact that statement could be made of any of the 9 fruits identified; when we meet with God He will do the necessary changes in us to make us more like Him.

Are you trusting God to develop the man-nerism of goodness in your life?

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