A Taste to Share

When God’s people are given a generous portion of this part of the fruit, they offer it to others. This flavor is “goodness,” or being kind, good-hearted. It cares about others, treats them with respect, is courteous, listens, encourages, etc. Instead of being “put off” by others, good-heartedness reaches out to those that many would avoid as odd or strange. Being good-hearted doesn’t mean you allow someone to take advantage of your kindness; it means, within Scriptural guidelines, you do what you can. This may include caring, but firm, confrontation. Even confrontation can be done in a quiet, but definite way. Consider these instructions in Galatians 6:1-2. Paul was inspired to write: “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” In short, try to be there for others as God enables you to do so. May our hearts earnestly pray, as Frances Ridley Havergal did in her hymn, “Lord, Speak to Me That I May Speak.” She prayed: “Lord, speak to me that I may speak in living echoes of Your tone. As You have sought, so let me seek Your erring children, lost and lone. O teach me, Lord, that I may teach the precious truths which You impart. And wing my words that they may reach the hidden depths of many a heart. O fill me with Your fullness, Lord, until my very heart o’erflow in kindling thought and glowing word, Your love to tell, Your praise to show.” Selah! Goodness is love in action!   Ron

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