A Preacher’s Misconception
Topic: Living to please God,
Good or Bad 8
Tonight’s topic will be on goodness. What exactly is goodness? I don’t mean the definition of good but goodness. What exactly is it and what does it have to do with the fruits of the spirit? Tonight may be a long post so be prepared.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespasses against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, for ever and ever, Amen.
I highly suggest you take some time out to sit down and read this. Tonight will be a long post. If you do not have your bible then I suggest you get one and follow along with me. There are many scriptures on goodness but for tonight I will use the following.
“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Goodness is different than determining if you are a good person or not. Goodness is the nature of the person. To put this into a definition then it is the state or quality of being good, moral excellence; virtue. Other definitions are excellence of quality. Goodness is the quality. In other words the nature of the person. Some words to describe someone of goodness is integrity, honesty. Uprightness, probity, morality. To express an even further definition of goodness I will use a reference from dictionary.com. Virtue refer to qualities of character or conduct that entitle the possessor to approval and esteem. Goodness is the simple word for the general quality recognized in character or conduct.
In this scripture, we see an example of goodness. In this example, metaphorically we are to let our light shine before others. How can you be respectful, kind, generous, caring, and etc. to certain people but not to everyone. Goodness cannot be spread about when it is not apart of our nature. We have to make goodness apart of our nature. No matter where we go, no matter, who we disagree with, life is about treating people with respect.
Love must be sincere, Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Evil exists when we treat people wrong, when we have no love, when we show favoritism, anger and etc. We are to hate evil and what it stands for, but to love and to cling to what is good. When goodness becomes apart of your nature then you will begin to cling to what is good. Why is it that we go off of feelings rather than truth? As humans the one thing that we lack is the nature of goodness. When you have goodness then your whole nature will change. The way you see people, the way you interact with people you even disagree with.
I enjoyed learning about this myself. The overall message for tonight is to learn that goodness is the nature of ones self and we as children of god should be seeking to have goodness become apart of our nature of being. I could go more into about goodness, but I hope you understand tonight’s lesson. I was trying not to make it too long. If you enjoyed this message then please hit the like button. Until next time, be safe and be blessed everyone.