August 30th 2010

Clothed With Goodness

9th in a series

“Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness…”
Romans 15:14 (NKJV)

What do we mean by goodness?

It is generally understood to mean uprightness in heart and life, in motives and conduct.  It carries the sense of being virtuous, seemly, genuine and sincere.  There is no agenda attached to goodness.  Today we might use the acronym ‘WYSIWYG’ (what you see is what you get) and what you see is honourable, honest and decent.

This quality flavours every aspect of our lives and consequently is open to all to see.  It affects what and how we say everything and what and how we do everything.

It is actually the outplaying of holiness.  Jesus asks us to become holy as our Father in heaven is holy.  Holiness is something that God alone can give and he does give us it.  We then in turn, walk in this holiness, expressing the righteousness of Jesus in our lives.  Thus we witness to Jesus wherever we go.  Notice how Luke refers to this:  “And being assembled together with them, he commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, ‘which,’ he said, ‘you have heard from me; for John truly baptised with water, but you shall be baptised with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’…‘But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.’” (Acts 1:4-5, 8).

This power is the presence of God imparting all the fruit of the Holy Spirit.  Our Christian life is one of resisting the pulls and temptations to take us in another direction, and dedicating ourselves to the will of God in true holiness.

Prayer
Father in heaven, how blessed I am that you dwell in me, that I have available to me all the righteousness of Jesus.  Strengthen me to resist the temptations to walk contrary to my calling, help me to yield to your lead and to truly witness to the goodness of Jesus in  my life.
Amen

Study by David Stirk 

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