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Living The Good Life! (6 of 9)
The Sweet Taste of Spirit Fruit
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Galatians 5:22, Micah 6:8
1. The great Methodist preacher John Wesley once said,
"Do all the good you can by all the means you can in all the places you can at all the times you can to all the people you can as long as you can!" (1)
2. I think of two women, who were rivals in their respective social circles, who met at a party. One asked, "My dear, are those real pearls?" The other replied, "Why, indeed they are." The first lady said, "Of course the only way that I could really tell if those were real pearls is to bite one of them." The other replied, "yes, but for that you would need real teeth!" (2) I believe you would agree that a bit of goodness was missing from that relationship.
3. There are differing opinions as to what the good life really is. Many would say that the good life is Physical. That is, the good life consists of a hot tub, a back rub, and a drink at the local pub. Others would say that the good life is Material. If one has the mansion, the Mercedes, and the money, they are living the good life.
4. The French philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau said, "Happiness is a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion!" (3)
5. However, the Bible teaches that the good life is neither physical, nor material; but Spiritual. You see the good life is not feeling good, or looking good. It is being good and doing good. The only real good life has God as its source, since He alone is good.
6. In fact, the word "good" comes from an Anglo-Saxon word that had the same connotation as God. When we say "Good-bye," we are literally saying, "God be with ye." The word 'good' literally means "to be like God."
7. Jack Taylor described it well when he said,
"This is a rare concept, which combines a right spirit with an active life. This is not the kind of goodness, which sits and watches the wall. It is goodness, which sets out to f ...
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