The Fruit of the Spirit is GOODNESS. Yesterday we pondered how that the utter darkness of our world is closing in on us! Yet God has not abandoned us! God has not forsaken us! God is with us … strengthening and encouraging us right here, right now, in the utter darkness which is pressing in all around. Psalm 23 – “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 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 GOODNESS and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Truths from Psalm 23: · God is taking care of us … right here in this darkness! · God restores our soul … when our souls are weary from the darkness! · God develops righteousness in us … so we can shine His LIGHT in this darkness! · God protects us from evil and darkness! · God is with us … right here in this darkness! · God comforts us … right here in this darkness! · God gives us GOOD things … right here in this darkness! · God blesses us … right here in this darkness! · God’s GOODNESS and God’s mercy has our back! Surely GOODNESS and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. God’s GOODNESS goes before us to lead us! God’s GOODNESS protects and surrounds us on the journey! God’s GOODNESS comes behind us to watch our back! God’s GOODNESS guides our journey through this dark world! And at the end of the journey … God’s GOODNESS will take us to live with Him forever! Our background photo shows a staircase leading up, up, out of the deep darkness … and into the LIGHT! God’s GOODNESS leads us home! The Fruit of the Spirit is GOODNESS!