"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness...." (Galatians 5:22).
In another place the Bible tells us that "the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth" (Ephesians 5:9). Our world longs for that which is good, right, and true. And specifically in perilous times, those who know how to live and walk in goodness, rightness, and truth will be held in great esteem.
After all, it was the goodness of God that led us to repentance. How fitting then that His goodness extended through us in perilous times would be the means whereby He reaches even others and draws them to Himself.
GOODNESS is Love increasing in its reach and influence. It is the prevailing tide that answers the darkness of perilous times.
God has purposed that The Community of the Called Out (i.e., the Church) be the means whereby the world may know the length, the breadth, the depth, and the height of God's love. And to this unique Assembly He says, "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."
This is precisely WHY He is pleased to pass us through perilous times, for we therein may hold forth the word of light to those around us; as we shine in the midst of a wicked and perverse world.
Goodness is its own commercial; and all who hunger for it will rally to the person and place where goodness can be found.
Three steps to go.
See you tomorrow.