By G.P. Avants
“Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance.”
Last time we spoke about the term super fruit. These are fruits that are highly nutritious and provide your body with essential food building blocks. Did you know that there are super fruits available for your soul? Our soul needs to be fed for it is the real core of who we are. There is the fruit of the Holy Spirit which enables God’s children to live a life of faith in the world. Each week we will talk about a different fruit or as some feel a different aspect of one fruit with multiple uses. On a recent car ride my family and I made a list of some of the natural super fruits that feed our natural body and tried to associate one with a spiritual fruit. So, here goes.
We chose a strawberry for the super fruit of goodness. Why not?
How can anyone eat a fat delicious strawberry without a smile breaking out on their face? Strawberries are not only part of the super fruit family, but are a natural tooth cleaner. So, let it perk up that smile of yours and freshen your breath at the same time. This simple unassuming little fruit is packs a punch when it comes to stresses caused by oxidants. Oxidation means an aging, rusty, decomposition of our bodies. Little sweet strawberries help lessen that stress on our bodies by acting as an antioxidant agent. Like a one two punch they also reduce inflammation, lower your risk for Type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. The little seeds call pips are also a great source of fiber and keeping yourself regular.
So how is the super fruit of goodness even better?
In a sour place, goodness sweetens like nothing else can. We live in a harsh world that wants to break us down, make us hard, and eat us up from the inside out. Goodness may appear to be small and unassuming, but it has God’s strength emanating from it. I have heard it said that a little goodness, even a smile, or a simple kind act can let people know they aren’t alone in the world. God’s goodness is what sent Christ to the cross and purchased something stronger than the cruelties of death. Human goodness might require reciprocal goodness in return. What goodness the Holy Spirit gives does so to those who hate us and actively seek to do us harm. Goodness, like kindness can be brushed aside by some as a sign of weakness. That is so far from the truth. The man or woman who has lasting impact on this world let’s God’s fruit of goodness bloom and flower and create unspoiled fruit that a starving world can eat from in and out of season.
I hope that deep down enriching super fruit of the soul will help keep goodness alive in you. Don’t discount even a simple glass of water, a hug, or giving a little more time to someone in need. When the Holy Spirit’s goodness is present you can’t help but let that all over smile come shining out.