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Wanda Smith's column from this week's issue of The Moose Jaw Express
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On the Front Porch by Wanda Smith

Often, I wake up with a song on my mind. Just a few days ago, a phrase rang through my head throughout the night and into the morning waking hours: “You’re never gonna let me down.” This is part of the song, “King of My Heart,” released in 2017 as part of the album, “Starlight”. As I started my morning, I was mulling over a few recent problems I had been dealing with; my heart was heavy. I got into my day, working in the kitchen, when that song popped in my head again.  I decided I should stop and listen to it. Immediately, tears welled up... the anointing on the song brought a comfort... a knowing... the assurance I needed in the problems I’d been encountering. As I put it on repeat, I sang with it... my heart was strengthened and I grew courage as I worshiped “The King of My Heart.” Praise and worship will do that! Strength rises as we wait on Him!

There are a few lines in the song that repeat: “You are good... You are good... Oh Oh...” Did you know that God is a good God?! God is so good. He is full of goodness. Did you know that when I looked up the definition of “goodness”, that there were 94 synonyms listed for goodness? The Greek word, “agathusune,” means goodness in the sense of being good to someone. According to Rick Renner, author of “Sparkling Gems From the Greek 2,” he suggests this “word would describe a person who is generous, big-hearted, liberal and charitable. We would call this person a "giver.”  

There is no bigger giver than God! “For God so loved the world that He GAVE His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. In the gift of His Son, He included so many gifts: salvation which encompasses wholeness, wellness, protection, soundness; to save, rescue, deliver and set free. He offers these gifts freely for us to receive.

Not only did God send Jesus to be good to us, He demonstrated that when He lived on earth. He was and still is the greatest philanthropist to ever walk this earth. Acts 10:38 says, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.” He not only met the spiritual needs of those He rubbed shoulders with everyday but He also met the physical needs of many. 

One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22 & 23 is goodness. Rick Renner suggests that “God lets us know that He wants us to be selfless and use our resources to help change people’s lives. This is absolutely contrary to the flesh, which would consume every spare dollar on itself. But when the Holy Spirit is working mightily in us, He shifts our focus from ourselves to the needs of those around us. The fruit of the Spirit called “goodness” creates in us a supernatural urge to reach beyond ourselves to meet the natural needs of others.” Allow Holy Spirit to lead you to be a “goodness giver.” 

There’s another verse that speaks of God’s goodness: “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” This is my prayer for you this week. God, would you show Your Goodness to these dear readers this week?  May they be in awe of Your goodness.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.