Goodness: A Fruit of the Holy Spirit



But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. – Galatians 5:22-23

Goodness is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “the quality or state of being good or the nutritious, flavorful, or beneficial part of something.”

The only perfect example of goodness we have as believers is the goodness of God. In Psalms 145:8-9 it tells us that, “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.”

God has compassion on all He has made and “all” He has made includes you and I. We are not healed by chance or even because we ask.  We are healed, delivered from strongholds and saved because God is good and His mercy endures forever. God’s plan and thoughts concerning us are good according to Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope”

Today I want to examine how we can display God’s goodness in our daily life.

Jesus, gave us two commandments to observe, which can be found in Luke 10:27:

So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’

These two commandments serve as our guide in our daily life. Even if someone treats us badly, we are called to love them. The Bible says in Matthew 5:44, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

This a sure way to defeat your enemies.  Jesus says in John 13:15, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”

In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul, tells the Church in Corinth to, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” Essentially he tells them to follow his example, as he follows the example of Christ.

Ephesians 5:1-2 says, “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.  And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”

Let us imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because we are His dear children.