Lord, I pray for people who are ill today. Remind them that Jesus is the divine physician whatever their medical advisers may do. Jesus, touch them as you touched lepers in Galilee, and bring them back to wholeness, I pray. Help them to have faith in you. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.
Lord, I pray today for my country. May those in national leadership positions be fully aware of the responsibilities they carry. Help them to make wise decisions. Give them vision, and enable them to know that in the end they are accountable to you. In Christ’s name I ask it. AMEN.
Lord God I pray today for police officers as they go about their duties. Protect them from harm, and help them to keep calm in all situations. Bless their loved ones waiting at home, fearful of what might happen to them. Help them to cherish each other. In Jesus’ name I ask it. 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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