Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked…far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? – Genesis 18:25
I remember being a young Christian and hearing the Pastor say, “God is good” and the church responds, “All the time” and he again says, “And all the time,” and the church choruses, “God is good.” That left an indelible imprint on my heart about a non-negotiable nature of God – ‘GOODNESS;’ which means virtue, generosity and holiness. I realized early that God cannot be charged with wrong, that there is no capacity for evil or wickedness in Him and that only good comes from our God. If we understand this, the devil will no longer be able to lead us to pin certain evils or errors in our world on God. God is good, but the devil is bad!
God’s work at creation reveals the nature of our God. Everything He created, by His own assessment, was good. The only thing that was not good was man’s being alone. He proceeded to make it good by creating Eve. From our text, Abraham understood that about God when He interceded and said, “Far be it from you…to do what is not right or not good.” He was saying to God that it was impossible for Him to do evil, it was contrary to His nature and He is too good to do what is considered unfair, unjust and unacceptable.
We are God’s offspring. His seed of goodness is in us by the Holy Spirit; therefore, we should let the fruit of goodness shine forth in all our dealings. Although the flesh naturally wants to be unkind and unloving, but we can’t afford to hide the ‘lamp’ of goodness that God has lit in us; we must let it shine in our good deeds for all to see.
I know sometimes, we come across people whom we think do not deserve our goodness. We feel like showing them our ‘other side;’ but just as God shows His goodness to both the just and the unjust, we should do likewise. We should never be tired of doing good (even when it seems it is unappreciated) for in due season, we will reap, if we do not faint (Galatians 6:9-10).
I feel strongly today to encourage a wife who has done so much to help your husband and family and it seems he doesn’t appreciate your efforts, “God sees and knows!”
Do good to someone undeserving or who’s not expecting it today. Let them know that the Holy Spirit has borne the fruit of goodness in you.