Scripture: Psalm 51:10, 11; John 14:9; Romans 3:12-20: 7:7-12; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 1: 2, 3.
Have you done a good deed today—or even yesterday? If you answered 'Yes', there is a place you can log into on the Internet and share what you did with the world. The “Good Deeds Organization” website was launched in 2007 and, according to the home page is “dedicated to all the amazing good deeds that are taking place at this very instant all around the world.1
You can view current submissions as they load and automatically scroll on the home page. One such message reads “Today, I was grabbing some items for lunch in a grocery store, and when I approached the check-out line, the woman ahead of me let me go ahead of her. She noticed that I was dressed for work and assumed I only had a short lunch break. She was right!” Another reads, “I don’t liter!!...ever :)”
If you have time you can explore the “inspirational record of good deeds” that has been archived by choosing “Good Deeds” on the home page menu. All the goodness is organized into these categories: person, group, society, planet, animals, environment and all.
You can also make your own submission of a good deed you have done or, like the lady at the check-out line, post a good deed you received from someone else.
Debbie Viragh’s good deed isn’t posted on the Good Deeds Organization’s website yet but it could be there. Her generosity was written up in a newspaper instead.2
Debbie uses her multi-million inheritance every year to help others. This week the children’s section of a library was her benefactor. The clumsy old computers and monitors in the children’s learning center at the East Arlington Branch Library were to Debbie an eyesore. She referred to them as “big dinosaurs” that had “clumsy cathode-ray-tube monitors” which dated back to 1985. Her gift of $20,000 will allow the library to upgrade software, replace the old computers and monitors as well as add existing computer stations for the children to use.
Our lesson study on the fruit of the Spirit that is goodness puts good deeds in the context of practical acts that benefit others. Goodness is, according to our lesson introduction, “to do good” not to work our way into heaven but instead to bless others.
God’s kind of goodness is related in Scripture and demonstrated in so many ways. Our lesson cannot hold all the references to where Christ went about gently and humbly ministering to others in need. God is good!
Dr. Richard. J. Krejcir, author of the book When Bad Christians Happen to Good People suggests that goodness is the fruit of the Spirit that produces endearment. It is the character trait that makes people liked by others. It is what is attractive and luring, that catches people’s attention and respect—it builds friendships and marriages. It shows God’s love to others. It is virtue in action; it is being a role model and putting into practice excellence in all that we do to God and others.
Titus Chapter 2, verses 11-14 adds to those thoughts:” It [the grace and goodness of God] teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungoldliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed Hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”
To prove to others that the fruit of the Spirit called “goodness” is in our life, it must be seen in our actions, heard in our words and discovered by others through our thoughtfulness, truthfulness, sympathy, fairness, unselfishness, helpfulness, generosity, tolerance, and forgiveness. Goodness is readying our own character for Heaven by putting self aside while behaving with Christ-like characteristics toward others every day.