Fruit of the Spirit-Goodness

 

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Fruit of Goodness

Goodness is the sixth Fruit of the Spirit. The quality of goodness acts like a magnet in us to the rest of the world, drawing people directly to God. People are drawn by the visible effect of goodness in our heart, as they feel safe and can trust this divine quality, a quality that doesn’t waiver like human goodness.

Goodness also means “love in action,” and, “quality of being good.” We cannot of our own will manifest this quality because our sinful nature goes in the opposite direction, looking out for the interest of “self.” Goodness instilled in our heart by the Holy Spirit is the only true “Godly” type. The person who shows this type of goodness is always looking to serve others and their needs, and putting self last.

Goodness is a fruit that can be cultivated and grown in our lives. When it’s grown and used, then goodness becomes an inherent action and intrinsic part of who we are. We become attuned to selflessly acting on the behalf of others, for their good. The Spirit intends for others to see our goodness. We are to let our good actions be seen as a testament to Him. Choose to let others see the goodness in you and through the things you do for others.

“I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another.” Romans 15:14, NIV

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