February 19, 2017

Galatians 6: 9-10

Goodness and integrity go together. Integrity is deciding to integrate my heart’s values into my daily actions. The result of this action is goodness. As the Holy Spirit prompts us, we have to make a decision as to whether or not we will do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord. Frustration occurs when there is a gap between my heart’s values and my daily actions. Paul said it best in Romans 7: 18 -21:

            “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.”

Do you consider yourself a good person?

Do your actions match your values daily?

Galatians 6: 9-10 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

What are some practical ways we can respond to the Holy Spirit as he guides us into a life of integrity and goodness? Always remember the evidence is a result of supernatural power that comes only from the Lord.

1.  Speak Honestly

To speak honestly brings goodness because trust is very important in relationships. Ephesians 4: 15 says, “Speaking the truth in love.” Some people do not tell the truth they launch the truth like a guided missile that can cause destruction. The truth is important and yet the majority of people will tell you they lie when it is expedient. It is a risk to tell the truth and yet God expects us to bring goodness and blessings through honesty and integrity.

Is it important to you that people be honest with you?

Do you think it is important to God that we be honest?

The truth can help you in all relationships because it brings the goodness of God!

2. Confess Regularly

Learn to admit it when you are wrong. A poem by Ogden Nash says:

            To keep your marriage brimming

            With love in the loving cup

            When you are wrong, admit it

            And when you’re right, shut up.

How much more meaningful our lives would be if we could learn to say I am sorry, I did not mean that the way you took it, please forgive me. A lot of tension and stress could be removed from the air if we would confess when we are wrong. For many of you this may become a full time job. One must remember where the strength to do this comes from. (Remember 1 John 1: 9)

Does your pride keep you from confessing?

Could life be good if you did a better job of confessing?

3. Live Consistently

The opposite of consistency is hypocrisy. 1 Samuel 16: 7 says, “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” We are told in the Bible to walk in a manner worthy of our calling. In John 8: 12 Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” If there is to be goodness in our lives, we will find it through being Christ like. Others need to see Jesus in all that we say and do. If you will put these three things together and begin to build on them each week, then you will see the goodness of the Lord flowing through your life of integrity.

Words are not the key to impacting people’s lives, but actions, which touch people with things that are good and right in the sight of God. I hope you are encouraged by the hope that one day you will hear the Lord Jesus say to you, “Well done my GOOD and faithful servant.”