The reason why ‘I love My Church’ is that every time we come together we experience and encounter God in a fresh new way. This leads to our lives being changed into becoming more and more like Jesus. As we grow in the likeness of Jesus the desire to follow His example increases exponentially.
In Acts, it shows us an example which we should all follow:
And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good… for God was with him. Acts 10:38
The Goodness of God
We should have absolute confidence in the goodness of God. We can experience the goodness of God no matter what season we find ourselves in – in the good times or the bad times. With everything Jesus was doing and went through we see that ‘God was with Him’.
Nothing has changed with God as we know He is with us in all that we do. The goodness of God is that He never leaves and never fails us.
But what is it that we need to do? Jesus set the example for us to follow by doing good under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, so we should follow and do the same – doing good to everyone.
In all things God works for your good.
In Psalm 35:19-28, we read about David’s struggle whilst he is doing good, when those who surround him are up to no good. Not everyone is good. Some people hate without reason and act maliciously.
There is a great contrast running through this passage between the difficulties that David is facing from those around him, and the goodness of God. The Message Bible brings out this contrast by using the word ‘good’ four times, but in very different contexts:
1. Beware the ‘no good’ crowd
There will be times in your life and in the life of our church when we come under attack from those who are ‘cooking up gossip’ (v.20, MSG). ‘They do not speak peaceably, but devise false accusations’ (v.20). David says, ‘No good is going to come from that crowd’ (v.20, MSG).
2. Having a ‘good time’ is not always good
David speaks of this crowd’s ‘good time’ (v.24, MSG). These people are having ‘a party at [David’s] expense’ (v.19, MSG). They hate him for no reason: ‘winking and rolling their eyes’ (v.19, MSG).
They think they are having ‘a good time’ but, actually, what they are doing is not good.
3. God works everything for good
‘God is great – everything works together for good for his servant’ (v.27, MSG). God takes even the bad things that are done to you and are said about you and uses them for good, as Paul backs this up by saying:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
4. Tell the world how good God is
David ends this psalm by celebrating God’s goodness. He writes, ‘I’ll tell the world how great and good you are, I’ll shout Hallelujah all day, every day’ (Psalm 35:28, MSG).
The Goodness of the Holy Spirit.
Goodness is one of the characteristics listed by Paul as the fruit of the Spirit:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
Through the Holy Spirit we experience God’s goodness. At Jesus’ baptism when He was praying the Holy Spirit came upon Him:
…the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:22
What a wonderful display of God’s goodness, given at the time when Jesus surrenders His life over to God. What God said to Jesus, He also says to us:
Enjoy being a child of God
God says to Jesus, ‘You are my Son’ (Luke 3:22).
Through Jesus you can call God ‘Father’. While Jesus’ sonship is unique, Paul writes:
Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” Galatians 4:6
You are given this same experience of being a child of God – by adoption. This experience is vital for your identity, confidence and security.
Experience God’s love
God says to Jesus, ‘You are my Son, whom I love’ (Luke 3:22).
Paul also writes:
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:5
The Holy Spirit gives you an experience of God’s goodness and love for you.
Expect God’s pleasure
God says to his son Jesus, ‘With you I am well pleased’ (Luke 3:22).
When the Spirit of God dwells in you, your life becomes pleasing to him:
Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. Romans 8:8-9
As you experience God’s love and goodness that has been poured into your heart by the Holy Spirit, the good fruit of the Holy Spirit will grow.
David could not have said it any better as he concludes his well known psalm:
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6
I Love My Church because God is here and God is good – all the time!