12 Days of Christmas: Goodness

Goodness is a fruit of the Spirit that I see in bloom especially during the Christmas season.

Motorists seem friendlier. Shoppers try to be more patient. And store cashiers, though visibly tired, have ready smiles.

Similarly, I am more prone to give and be sensitive to those in need around this time of the year.

It doesn’t feel like a bother at all doing little acts of goodness such as opening the post office door for the lady with a big box and a baby, or singing Christmas carols to folks in nursing homes.

There’s something about Christmas that brings out goodness in people.

Well, actually, it’s not something; it’s Someone.

The Bible tells us that God is good. Goodness is His very nature. On the contrary, not one person is righteous enough to be called good. Left to our own selfish nature, our inclination is to satisfy our sinful desires and turn away from God.

But the goodness of God draws us to Him and leads us to repentance, according to Romans 2:4 (NKJV):

Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?”

As we acknowledge our need for a Savior and are reconciled to God through faith in Jesus Christ, we receive a new life.

We become partakers of God’s goodness, which we are to express in our actions toward others.

This demonstration of God’s character is one important reason why so many men, women and children in many parts of the world, such as in Uganda, are learning to know God and trust in His goodness each day.

I think about the good works that Food for the Hungry (FH) staff accomplish in Uganda every day. They counsel mothers and pregnant women on health issues. They teach farmers how to grow vegetables using the most effective farming practices. They encourage children to stay in school.

What’s exciting is these good deeds create opportunities to share the love of Christ to the people of Uganda. What a great honor to be used by God to reach out to those in need and shine His goodness to all. And, as we know, God’s loving-kindness transforms people’s hearts.

So, just as Jesus “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38 NKJV), let’s continue to sow good deeds – and not only during Christmas, but every day of the year. As you pray for Uganda and for all FH staff serving there and around the world, please also take this opportunity to read this wonderful Christmas story of Ugandan faith and generosity from FH’s 12 Days of Christmas e-book to young members of your family.

Blog by Rez Gopez-Sindac, a writer covering faith and development. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

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