In the fruits of the Spirit, Paul calls us to goodness. What does that even mean???
God is good. We know that. We know that He provides for our every need, even when it doesn’t seem like we needed. However, how does He call us to be good?
First, we have to remember what He’s done for us. When we try to be “good” on our own, we tend to become self-righteous (if we are even able to achieve this!). However, when we first look at what God did, we see that God sacrificed His son in order to show us His love, and for us to experience His goodness.
Paul writes in 2 Cor. 5:14-15, “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”
We are not good because we try hard or because we do all the things on our check list. We are good because Christ made us “good” with His blood, and because of that invitation, we are compelled and drawn to do good things.
We first have to remember what Christ sacrificed for us, and why we have so much love for Him.
Today, I would encourage you to remember Christ. Think about His sacrifice. Think about your relationship with Him. Ask God to compel you to goodness because of Him and no other reason today.