When you read the Old Testament, you will find instances where the Hebrew word towb – “Goodness” is defined or described in the text. For instance, we read that “Jethro was delighted when he heard about all the goodness the LORD showed to Israel when He rescued them from the hand of the Egyptians.1 Then there is God’s word to Israel through Moses, “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and goodness, death and disaster.2 King Solomon also warned, “Those who lead the righteous along the path of evil will fall into their own trap, but those who live right keep all their good things in their possession.3 Here we see goodness as love making itself useful in responding to a need situations.

We also read where from the beginning after God set lights in the sky, one to govern the day and many to rule the night, it was His way of separating light from the darkness. So God labeled this as something good in the sense of being very appropriate.4 Israel also learned that God does things in various ways to benefit His people that are very good because they are very relevant.

We see this after Joseph’s brothers came down to Egypt and learned that the one they sold into slavery was now second in command. After Joseph revealed who he was, he told them, “You intended it for my harm, but God intended it for my good (benefit). He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.5 Even the Psalmist declared “Taste and see that the LORD is good; Oh the joys of those who take refuge in him!6.

No wonder the Apostle Paul told the Christians in Rome that they should add goodness to their knowledge.7 And Paul reiterated to the Roman believers what he also shared with the Ephesians that one Fruit of the Spirit is goodness.8 So again we see how those show kindness will see how it becomes goodness when they put it into action. Goodness is love that is mature and responds to those in need. So don’t hesitate to let your love flow into the hearts and souls of others to the glory of God. Don’t claim to be kind if you cannot show it in goodness. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

1Exodus 18:9

2Deuteronomy 30:15

3Proverbs 28:10

4 Genesis 1:17-18

5Genesis 50:20

6 Psalm 34:8

7 Romans 15:14

8 Ephesians 5:9

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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