The Good Life

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”

Galatians 5:22–23

If you do a word count in your bible you’ll discover the word “good” appears some 749 times. That’s a lot of good! John Wesley, the father of the Methodist movement taught his congregation how to enjoy life and get the most out of each day when he said, “Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as every you can.” His words are timeless and just as applicable today than when he spoke them in the 1700’s.

We all want to enjoy the good life and it was Jesus Himself who said, “I have come that you might have life and life more abundantly.” The best way each of us can enjoy the good life is to look for the good in everything and to seek the good for ourselves and others in all things. Like the old saying, “if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing good” especially the things we do for the Lord and in His name.

Below are few of my go to verses from the Bible that encourage me and help me meditate on the word “good”. I hope they speak to you like they do to me.

Romans 12:2, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Galatians 6:9, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”

Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

Hebrews 10:24, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works”

Luke 6:35, “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.”

My prayer for you is that you have a very very good day!


Michael Osthimer





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