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Led By The Spirit Summer Challenge #8 Goodness


Week 8 Challenge: Since last week we focused on showing kindness to someone God has placed in your life, this week I’d like for you to choose someone who has previously hurt you and ask God how you can show goodness to that individual. When God starts nudging you or giving you ways to love on them…….. obey and put your goodness into action! Then leave the results up to God.

This is my dad, he is a man who exhibits goodness. He is a man who has seen hard times, orphaned as a young child, he and some of his brothers were forced to enter an orphanage because they had no one to take them in. Yes, my dad has seen hard times, being half Cherokee and Mexican (he is technically my step-dad but that is a whole different post) he grew-up in an era when it wasn’t okay to be a “half-breed.” He has had people say things to him that would injure anyone to the core. Yes, my dad has seen hard times, volunteering to go to Vietnam to serve his country, experiencing the cruelty of war and accepting God’s salvation in the midst of a battlefield. Yes, my dad has seen hard times, but because of all he has been through he exudes goodness. I have seen him be kind to those who have mistreated him. Don’t get me wrong, my dad is a very strong and brave man, but God has done a mighty work in his life and I just love the fruit of goodness his life produces! He has many reasons to be bitter, to be angry with God, to have unforgiveness in his heart and to seek revenge…but he does non of that, instead he seeks to do good to others. I would love to be more like my dad one day!

1. What is goodness?
Goodness is God working through us to do good to others. Elizabeth George explains it this way, “Goodness follows through on those wonderful thoughts of kindness, thoughts which came when we were praying, caring, noticing and planning to act. Goodness takes the step from good intentions to actively serving others.” Goodness is the end result of patience and kindness. Goodness is putting God’s love for others into action, even being able to love the very ones who have hurt us. God’s goodness can only come from God being active in our lives. God’s goodness is able to overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)

2. Choose goodness
Exhibiting goodness is an action and a choice. We have the choice to act on God’s nudging. How do you react when someone hurts you? How do you react when someone disagrees with you? We need to remember we are Christ’s examples to the world! When we are wronged, hurt or disagreed with, we need to remember we represent our Savior. Don’t kid yourself……others are watching. They want to see if this “Jesus” we talk about really makes a difference in our lives. We are called to be a light to the world. To let our light shine before men in such a way they they may see our good works, and catch this………GLORIFY our Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16) We need to choose to allow God to give us His goodness for those who have hurt us. I’ve said this before, we can not do this alone…..it can only be done with God’s help. But we can be victorious over our flesh and not repay insult for insult, but give a blessing instead. (1Peter 3:9)


3. Mission Impossible? Not with God!
In Galatians 6:10 God gives us a special assignment. We are told to do good to ALL PEOPLE, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Did you catch that? We are to do good to everyone God has placed in our lives, Christians and non-Christians. If God has placed that person in your life then He has a reason for it and you are to do good to that person…..whether they deserve it or not. Looking back, I have failed this assignment at times, but that’s what’s so wonderful about the God we serve. He forgives us. He gives us grace. He allows do-overs.

4. Teach what is good/Do what is good
In Titus 2, Paul tells us to teach what is good to the younger generations as well as set an example by doing what is good. (Titus 2:3 & 7) We are called to be examples to those God has placed in our lives by doing good to them. We first need to start in our homes. Do we do good to our husbands, children and other family members? Our home is our domain, do we do good to all who enter it? If someone is visiting you or working in your home, you have a special opportunity to do good to them and to be a beautiful example to your family. I have personally had the pleasure of opening my home to many different individuals these past few months as we’ve had different projects worked on in our home. I can honestly say, with each guest I have tried my best to do good to them, to pray over them and to be a “light” for my Lord. Again, you never know who is watching and what difference you can make in that individuals life. They are in your life for a reason……even if it’s just a short amount of time. Do good to them!

Week 8 Challenge: Since last week we focused on showing kindness to someone God has placed in your life, this week I’d like for you to choose someone who has previously hurt you and ask God how you can show goodness to that individual. When God starts nudging you or giving you ways to love on them…….. obey and put your goodness into action! Then leave the results up to God.

Please know I’ll be praying for you all this week! I know this can be a very tough assignment…..go to God first in prayer concerning who! Remember…….you are loved!!!!

Love God Greatly,

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Comments

  1. This is a difficult one. However, as you stated above, I will walk in faith and leave the results up to God.

  2. What a sweet picture of your dad! I love the Elizabeth George quote – "goodness is following through on those good intentions!" Convicting – I have so many good intentions… I really need to follow through! Thank you for the encouragement today Ang!

    Love you,
    Courtney

  3. Hi Gertha,

    I will be praying for you this week! I know it’s hard, its counter to what we want to do but you never know what God will produce through your obedience and goodness. :)

    Hi Courtney,

    I need to work on my follow through too! I always have more intentions than I do actions! This post really convicted me too! :)

    So thankful for you both today!

    Love God GREATLY!!!!!!

    -Angela

  4. Thanks Angela:-)

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