Goodness, the sixth spiritual gift listed in Galatians 5:22-23, is beneficence; being consciously unselfish in relationships. Do we practice Jesus’ example of unselfish wisdom in our daily interactions?
When visualizing goodness, I picture a special family gathering around a meal. As a hostess, I would need to be pro-active in preparing favorite dishes, choreographing seating arrangements to promote optimal conversations, and providing opportunities for preferred activities. To pull off a successful get together like this, I would need to unselfishly plan ahead.
1. Notify guests of time and place.
2. Prepare food that would match the traditions for which the occasion called.
3. Provide the props or prompts for whatever activities suit the occasion.
As such, I am being consciously “good” in providing for my guests. Beneficence has the chance to preside in and amongst the family get together.
Sometimes “goodness” seems pedantic, especially when we haven’t been habitually practicing it for a while. When in doubt about implementing “goodness,” we are telling ourselves to do the next right thing in that present moment. When I’m following the injunction to take the next right step, I accumulate steps which add up to a journey marked with “goodness.”
Is the variable of “goodness,” of being mindfully unselfish, a guiding component in my lifestyle?
My friends, I have no doubt in my mind that you yourselves are quite full of goodness and equipped with knowledge of every kind, well able to give advice to one another.