Have you ever found yourself to have grown in a virtue? Maybe in a disagreement, you found that you were more patient or gracious with the other party than you would have been a year ago. Maybe you’re more generous in your financial giving than you were six months ago. Or you were more kind in conversation to someone you ONLY wanted to tell to shut up a few months back.
I had a moment like this recently, where in a disagreement, I noted that my response was much more tempered than it would have been in the past. I responded, rather than reacting, and it wasn’t as much work for me than it’s been in the past.
Then I had this thought: This is something God never experiences. God doesn’t ever grow more patient or loving or kind with people that irk him. He has no need for growth because he’s as loving, as self-controlled, as faithful, as good as it gets. He doesn’t grow “more good” as he “matures”. He doesn’t need to. He simply is good—that is his nature. That is who he is. He is how we know what goodness is in the first place.
“God doesn’t ever grow more patient or loving or kind with people that irk him. He has no need for growth because he’s as loving, as self-controlled, as faithful, as good as it gets.”
Galatians 5 tells us that when we are in Christ, we grow to have his character as we walk with him. We develop fruit—evidence that we know and follow him: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. God doesn’t grow in these areas, because he’s already there! It’s a notion I think we take for granted often, with our haughty selves. We sometimes have this idea that God is just a little smarter, a little better than we are. Nonsense! He is so other—he is a different type of existing. A different, supreme, sublime type of loving, etc. He is the standard and he’s so much wiser than us. It is to our benefit to seek and listen to his voice. It will only make us better.
What about you?
Have you seen growth in yourself recently through God’s grace?
Do you ever think about the fact that God is the ultimate standard of all goodness?
What implications does that have for your life?
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