Lord, help those who feel today that they are falling apart and can take the strain they are facing no longer. When they reach breaking point help them not to break, but to hold on a while longer. Help them to reach out to someone else in an even worse situation. Strengthen your hold on them and theirs on you. In Jesus’ name. AMEN
Lord, when it seems that the universe is falling apart, that humanity has lost its collective head, that rationality has totally departed, and that there is no hope for the future of any kind, then let the universe know that you are still God, that you hold it all together in your wisdom and love and that you will endure. In Christ’s name. AMEN
Lord God let the universe echo with the praises of Jesus Christ today, from the farthest South Sea Island to the western most tip of the Americas. Let doubters be reassured in their belief, sinners forgiven their sins, those who have grown cold be fired with love and ardour, and all your church revived in adoration. For Christ’s sake. AMEN
“The fruit of the Spirit is … goodness”
Galatians 5:22 NIV
We all admire goodness wherever it appears and in whatever form we discern it. And we all acknowledge that it may come from unexpected sources. Dr. W. E. Sangster told of an experience he himself witnessed. “I soldiered once with a blaspheming Irishman who was my pet aversion. One day, as we marched, we fell in with what today would be called a horde of ‘displaced persons’. There was a child among them who was utterly lost. And then that blaspheming Irishman tossed his rifle to a comrade, picked up the little girl, and carried her on his shoulder for miles and miles and miles. I always looked on him differently after that” (W. E. Sangster, They Met at Calvary, p68).
Why does goodness shine so brightly in this dark world? It is precisely because this world is so dark, so murky with evil, so muddy with all that is wrong. The apostles said of Jesus in later years “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and … he went about doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him” (Acts 10:38). Whilst similar to kindness and overlapping in meaning it is more than kindness. Someone has said “it is virtue equipped at every point”. It can rebuke, and correct and discipline. Jesus showed this kind of goodness when he cleansed the temple and drove out those who were turning it into a bazaar. The Holy Spirit-filled disciple needs this kind of goodness which at one and the same time can be both kind and strong.
Since evil is so prevalent, make sure your goodness is evident for all to see.
Lord, let your goodness be prevalent in this world.
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