That they may teach the younger women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good,
Attributes of a godly woman (7) Good
This section should begin with acknowledging the source of goodness. All goodness comes from God. He is the ultimate good. The only way to know “good” is to know God.
How do we know God? By spending time in His Word.
The Bible tells us a lot about goodness. Proverbs 12:25 tells us to speak good words. Psalms 37:3 tells us to do good. Proverbs 3:27 tells us to not withhold good when it is within our power to act.
That last verse is one that often brings me to my knees. I have a sentence written inside the cover of my Bible:
Let nothing that anyone does to you alter your treatment of them.
How hard this is! Yet, our “goodness” should not alter according to people’s actions. Our “goodness” should be based in who Christ is. He is our source. It has nothing to do with the person receiving it.
I am very aware of the words that I speak. It is not that I don’t ever say hurtful things but it is not my greatest struggle. In the same respect, I get hurt easily. Words are the most painful things that can be used against me.
I hurt a lot. A friend mistreats me, an acquaintance at church says something harsh, and a stranger gets upset about how long I take at the cash register. You know the routine…
How easy it would be to change how I react to them! To avoid the friend who treated me so rough, to stay on the other side of the church from the lady with the sharp tongue, to keep my head down while grocery shopping… But that is not what God calls us to do.
He calls me to love.
To love on this friend without trying to block myself from being wounded.
To love on this lady without trying to avoid her sharpness.
To smile at strangers.
To give care and attention to the very ones who are capable of harming me.
Not because of me. Not because of them. Because of who my God is.
To be good. To show good. Or, in other words… To be like God. To show God.
Make is Real!
Take a moment to think of someone that you’ve been avoiding or “altering” your treatment of because of something they did. Ask God to give you an idea of a way to do good to them. A card. A visit. A wave. Whatever it is that changes your actions from being “reactions” and blesses them with good things.