Fruit of Goodness – Tue – 21-06-29



Many years ago, we used to start our tomato plants from seed. We’d plant them is a small, shallow box filled with potting soil. We’d then transplant them to peat pots after they had sprouted and started their second set of true leaves. Crucial to all the effort was having a good light that simulated sunlight. Without the light, the seeds would sprout, but they never grew much before they died.

What would life be like if we had no light? At the beginning of almost every food chain, light is consumed by plants. Animals then eat plants, and may in turn be eaten by other animals. It all depends on light! There must be a lot of significance to the fact that one of God’s early acts of creation was to say, “Let there be light!”

Likewise, the spiritual change wrought when we become Christians is described in terms of light. Ephesians 5:8 through the first part of verse 10 says, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.”

Notice that one of the fruits of light in this verse is goodness – an inner character of moral excellence. This echoes Jesus’ saying in Matthew 5:14-16 that we are the light of the world and our good deeds shine forth that light.


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