Oh my goodness! Thank goodness! For goodness sake! Did you know that Merriam Webster’s definition of goodness as an exclamation is “(as a substitution for God) expressing surprise, anger, etc.”? I still don’t understand why these phrases of exclamation have to involve the Lord’s name. However, at least somebody came up with the substitution. Goodness is a substitution for God. God is goodness.
“For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth)” (1 Timothy 6:18)
Nobody wants to walk in the dark. The dark is a scary place. You feel completely alone and broken. That’s why the Lord wishes for us to be good, so we can walk in the light. What does it mean to be good exactly? Being good can mean a lot of things. It can mean behaving yourself. It can mean doing good works. The best way of being good, however, is by following the Lord.
I personally believe everyone has a piece of goodness in them. God placed a slice of the Fruit of the Spirit in each one of us. Nevertheless, it’s up to us if we want to share our slice of fruit with others. I feel that the Lord thinks that goodness is honorable behavior and kindness towards others. He wants us to turn away from evil and wrongdoing. Although, He doesn’t expect us to be perfect because He gives us an immense amount of grace when we need it. The Lord is good to us. He wants the best for us. That is why he put goodness in you, so you can let it shine.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
The Lord is just asking us to try to show the goodness He placed in us. He’s so good to us it’s unreal. We betray Him everyday, but He forgives our every slip up. We don’t treat others right, but He still has mercy on us because we are only human. We don’t believe in ourselves, but He does one hundred percent. By doing good deeds, we glorify the One who always has our backs.
Let’s share our goodness with each other.