But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.~Galatians 5:22-23a CSB
The fruit of goodness is a fruit of the Spirit, but what does it look like?
We see goodness in the nurse who, amid her busy schedule, risks losing her job to kneel by the bed of a dying patient to inquire whether she knows Jesus. If not, she leads her in prayer to accept God’s gift of salvation.
We see goodness in the man who endangers his life to change someone’s tire by the side of a busy interstate highway as speeding vehicles pass by inches away.
We see goodness in a child who breaks his brownie into two pieces, so he can take half of the brownie home to his little sister. He chooses to share with her instead of eating it all himself.
As we grow in our relationship with Jesus, we should grow in goodness, so we can become more like Him. Jesus was fully human, but unlike us, He never sinned. We can ask Him to help us overcome our natural inclination to sin, so we can live a life of gentleness, goodness, and faithfulness.
God’s goodness leads us to repentance and salvation. When the fruit of goodness operates in a believer, God will use it to draw unbelievers to Him. Unbelievers witness God’s goodness in action, and they often want it in their lives.
Charles Spurgeon was a famous preacher and writer of the nineteenth century. In his commentary on Psalm 46, he states that God is not good simply because He makes good things happen in our life or because He protects us in life’s storms. Instead, God is good because He comes closer to us than any storm ever could. This helps us know for certain that God is good. In life’s hardest moments, He is with us. He never quits and will never let go of us.
The following verses help us understand the significance of goodness. Memorize one or more of them or write them on sticky notes or index cards. They will remind you of God’s goodness.
Psalm 23:6 NIV: Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
We can live out the fruit of goodness with confidence that we will dwell with God forever.
Galatians 6:10 ESV: So then, as we have opportunity, let us to do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
We know God wants us to do good to others, especially to fellow believers.
Ephesians 5:8-9 CEB: Light produces fruit that consists of every sort of goodness, justice, and truth.
The light Jesus gives us will produce only good things in our lives.
Psalm 27:13 RSV: I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
We can see the Lord’s goodness on earth and will also see it in heaven.
Romans 12:21 ESV: Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
We can overcome evil by good thoughts and deeds.
Psalm 145:9 NLT: The LORD is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation.
We know God is good and shows compassion to us and to all creation.
Ephesians 2:10 NIV: For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
We are God’s, created in Jesus Christ to do good works, which God prepared for us to accomplish.)
Psalm 34:8 CEB: Taste and see how good the LORD is! The one who takes refuge in him is truly happy!
As we learn how good the Lord is, we can know happiness when we take refuge in Him.
Romans 12:2 NASB: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
We renew our minds when we don’t follow others down destructive paths. Instead, we learn the will of God and know how good and perfect it is for us.
Psalm 107:1 CEB: Give thanks to the LORD because he is good, because his faithful love lasts forever!
We can give thanks to the Lord because He loves us with an everlasting love.
What are some ways God has shown His extraordinary goodness to you?
Father God, reveal Your great goodness to me and show me how to share Your goodness with others as Jesus did. In the wonderful name of Jesus, amen.
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