After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. (Acts 16:40)
During Paul’s travels with Silas to Philippi, he led many to Christ including a woman named Lydia. She was so grateful to Paul for bringing her the gospel that she continually opened up her home to him and his friends when they needed a place to stay or meet. She saw it as the least she could do because of what Paul had done for her in bringing her the good news of the gospel. She reflected God’s goodness.
When we have invited Christ into our lives, we begin to take on some of His characteristics and one of these being goodness. We can show God’s goodness to others by being good. While only God can be good all the time, by having Jesus in our hearts we can strive to show goodness in our thoughts, words and actions.
Think of the Fruits of the Spirits as gifts God has given us when we choose to follow Him. He wants us to practice all these characteristics so we can be the best example possible to others. However, these gifts are not worth much when we do not grow and develop them by sharing them with those around us. What good is goodness if we keep it to ourselves?
When you share that gift, your goodness, with others in the name of Christ, they see Him through you. When you are filled with Christ, you reflect Him in all you do. Goodness is treating others well because we have Christ in our hearts.
Questions to think about:
- What is something good someone has done for you?
- Lydia had the gift of hospitality. What is something you are good at?
- How can you use that to bless someone else?