good fruit.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,

he leads me beside quiet waters,

He refreshes my soul.

He guides me along the right paths

for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk

through the darkest valley,

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

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 23:1-6 NIV)

•••••

Something about this scripture has bee pointed out to me, and I just want to share it with you. In verse 6, David writes that, “Surely your goodness and love will follow me…”

He understood something I personally (and I think many of us) tend to know but don’t always live honestly: that goodness is not something we need to do or be. It is a fruit of the Spirit, a natural byproduct of our dwelling with Him.

God does not command us to be fruit-bearers on our own – but rather, He cultivates fruit within us as a result of our being planted in His presence and rooted in His word.

May we slow down, and stop trying so hard to be good – good people, good Christians, good mothers or fathers, good sons or daughters, good anything – and allow ourselves to come before the Lord on His throne of grace and mercy and love, open our hearts to the Holy Spirit, and give ourselves over to the pruning and care that produces good fruit from us.

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