The Fruits: Goodness (The Final Chapter)

(This is one of my letter poems I wrote to a brother in the faith. I finished it today and as I read over it, I immediately decided I would share this poem with as many people as I could. One day, I hope to publish a book with every letter poem I have written to each brother and sister over the year. I know for certain that if something written to someone else could bless me this much, then there are others out there who God wants to bless through those letters as well.)

THE FRUITS: GOODNESS (THE FINAL CHAPTER)

And so,
This is it
The very last one
It has been enriching
To say the least
If not for you, then for myself
For by the power of God
When we strive to do our very best
We cannot do any greater
We cannot make the Lord
Anymore pleased

Since this is
The last letter
It is only fitting
That we have
An overview of sorts

“Now the works of the flesh are
manifest, which are these; Adultry,
fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance,
emulations, wrath, strife, seditions,
heresies, Envyings, murders,
drunkenness, revellings, and such like:
of the which I tell you before, as I
have also told you in time past, that
they which do such things shall not
inherit the kingdom of God.

But

the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,
faith, Meekness, temperance: against
such there is no law.

And they that are Christ’s have crucified
the flesh with the affections and lusts.”

Galatians, chapter 5, verses 19-24

Dear Brother,
I don’t know if you ever happened
To take notice
Of the order in which these letters came
—to you
Love, longsuffering, joy, faith,
Meekness, temperance, peace,
Gentleness
And now

Goodness

God is incredible like that
He knows exactly what you need
When you need it
And Lord knows
I certainly needed these for me

It’s almost…scary
Knowing this will be the one
To bring it all to a close
When Jesus first put you on my heart
As an assignment
By having me write all these letters
I was nervous
I wasn’t even sure if I would accomplish
—such a feat

I had already been writing similar
—poems prior
But nothing to this degree
Or for such a length of time
For one person

One person

And just like all the others
Each and every one of those letters
Opened up things inside of me
That I hadn’t known were even there

Here’s a fun fact:
The Lord had me studying those
—verses
Earlier this year
I even held a whole series on it
For my poetry nights at the church
And none of those poems
Turned out like this

I honestly feel as though
He was bracing me
For the works of art He would later
—have me create
By preparing with those now
Rough drafts, so to speak

These letters are going to bless
So many people someday
I guarantee it

I am thankful
For everything
In every single letter
God had me compose
Regrettably,
I say farewell to you with misty eyes
I earnestly and sincerely pray
Over and over again
That you have gained something
Anything
From these letter poems combined
Man of God,
Brother,
I pray that God spoke to you
Above all else


Goodness

God is good all the time
And all the time
God is good

Brother, I ask you,
What is goodness?

We know that it is not defined
By deed and flattery alone
For it is impossible to please God
Without faith
And bodily exercise profits us
Nothing
Works are considered to be
Deceased
So
What is goodness, then?

We could always go for the
Seemingly
Easiest and quickest response:

God. Goodness is God.
Just as we say,
God is love.

So then,
Who is God?

I know, I know
It’s probably a bit of an annoyance
To keep getting a question
For every question,
However
I do believe that this is part of the
—problem,
Wouldn’t you say?

It was in that letter
About faith
That I recognized
My depth was very shallow indeed
I had no real understanding
Nor knowledge
About the very Good Book I had been
—spending
Countless hours
Studying
For failure to go deeper
Than surface level

Therefore it is only fitting
As this being the grand finale
That we go there
Once more
I will ask

Who is God?

In truth
The Word says
In Ecclesiastes, chapter 1, verse 8
“All things are full of labour; man
cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied
with seeing, nor the ear filled with
hearing.”

In other words
It is impossible to read the entire Bible
Once or multiple times,
Study its contents for months on end,
Fervently go to church for years
And know absolutely all there is to know
—about God
In one fail swoop
That, my friend, is impossible
And it is the reason as to why we must
—continually pursue the Lord
Just as much as He daily pursues us

I have a theory
That we are reluctant to search
And ask
Because to really answer the
—question,
“Who is God?”
Requires intimately engaging Him
And meditating on the scriptures
Deep down
We know that would lead us
To dethroning ourselves
From our stature and standards
Of what we have always thought good
—to be
And allowing Christ to reign
As the true authority

Ultimately
We fail to recognize God
For who He is

As I mentioned before previously,
To know goodness
Is to in fact know God for oneself
Failure to do this
Results in contradictions
Such as,
Telling someone
Only God can judge you
But then coming back with
God knows your heart
Then turning back around
And saying
God allows us
As saints
To judge one another

Hmm…that’s out of context
And somewhat hypocritical
I’m sure you agree
Because
If only God can judge me
Then it applies to each of us
That only God can judge us
And will judge us
As individuals and not clumped together
In one big group
And thus
Only God can judge period
So then I shouldn’t be judging
Anyone
Because in actuality
Since God is a spiritual being
He is the only one
With the capability to see inside
A person’s heart
Including my own
While I may choose to live in denial
And pull the ignorance card
God will deal with me
As He will deal with the one
I am casting judgment upon
Because He literally sees all
And He knows the true intentions
As well as the motives
Behind everything we say and do

And yet
It is strange
How we are bold enough to say
Our God is almighty, all-powerful
King of Kings
Lord of all
Yet take a title
To replace the crown
Already set on top of our heads
By deeming what we declare is good
And twisting the Word
However we feel it suits us

We don’t stop to ask
Who gave us that kind of authority
And what right do we have to try and
—snatch it from the One
Who is authority
Rarely is it considered
That He didn’t need any assistance in
—creating the earth
Or in the making of us

So why would He need help now?
Why would the Fixer
Need help from the broken
And the ones who need things fixed
In their lives?

“There is therefore now
no condemnation to them which are
in Christ Jesus,
who walk not after the flesh,
but after the Spirit.”

Romans 8 and 1

To know God is to love Him,
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
Book of John, 14, verse 15

When one studies those pages
And allows the Lord to speak to them
Letting Him give understanding
Instead of making up their own
—interpretations
They will hear

“He that hath my commandments, and
keepeth them, he it is that loveth me:
and he that loveth me shall be loved of
my Father, and I will love him, and will
manifest myself to him.”
14, verse 21

And before you know it
Simple prayers asking God to bless
—their food
Turn into full conversations
Whether the desire is there
Or not
There is always a desperate need
To seek Him

“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall
abide in my love; even as I have kept
my Father’s commandments, and abide
in his love.”
Chapter 15, verse 10

Truthfully,
I am still getting to know
God personally
And I cannot sum Him up
In one poem
Or in nine
Or even ninety poems
But
I would hope and pray
That my life
And my faith
Applied to my works
Would give an awesome array
Of just how amazing
And good
Our Lord truly is

That was the whole point of this
To show that the depths of the Lord
Are endless
And we will spend our lives
Getting to know Him more
And more each day

I think
God was trying to show both of
—us
Through all of these
That He cannot be defined
In one brief, short summary
He is connected to all
And all things eventually lead back
To Him

God is love,
He is longsuffering and joy,
He is faith, meekness,
Temperance and peace
God is gentleness
And most of all
Goodness
Because
He is good
All the time
And all the time He is good

Simply put
God is

And we must stop trying to live
By our own definition
Of what we have defined good to be
The Lord has already shown
And proven to us
That the old mindset we had,
Our carnal man,
Is faulty and does not work
We cannot shove God into a box
He won’t fit
He’s too big
Jesus cannot be confined
Into some measly Tupperware
Being treated as the leftovers we
—take out
When we feel like having a taste
—for the Gospel

God is
And that’s the greatest thing about Him
Because He is an adventure
That does not end
The most exciting
And exhilarating journey
You will ever go on in your entire
—lifetime

Enjoy it
Enjoy Him

Well, Brother,
This is the end
As always
With every poem I do
I pray you have received
A message
I’ll say that again

I pray you have received
A message
From all of this

Continue watering
And nurturing those seeds
Thriving within you
They are there
All the things the enemy
Tells you you’re not
All the fruits you were sure
You did not possess

They are there
And they are living within you
Because in you
Is where the Spirit dwells
And don’t you ever forget it

Take the time to find out
Who God is for you

Until we meet again
Take care and God bless

Sincerely from Your Sister in Christ


Jacqueline Sìmone Sadberry

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