Fruit of the Spirit—Goodness
(Part six of a series on Galatians 5:22-23)
“But the fruit of the Spirit is…goodness”
Galatians 5:22 (NKJV)
If we are truly honest, when we take a good look at ourselves, we must confess that we all fall short of goodness. Our newspapers and television programmes continually churn out material showing the worst side of human nature—hatred, war, selfish ambition, lust and greed, etc.
The Bible tells us that only God is good (Matthew 19:17), and that he is “…abounding in goodness and truth” (Exodus 34:6, italics mine throughout). The Apostle Paul, in Romans 3:12 (quoting David, in Psalm 14) says, “…There is none who does good, no, not one.” We all fall far short of the goodness that is, intrinsically, God. That is not to say that man is totally devoid of goodness and kindness, for we do witness many good acts of love and concern for others who are suffering in different ways. It has also been said that a mother’s love for her children is the closest thing we know to the love God has for us, his children. When God created the human family, he pronounced it ‘very good’ (Genesis1:31). What goodness we see in people is a reflection of God’s creative goodness.
As a result of his deep love for us, God graciously offers us an ‘extra helper’—the Holy Spirit, to enable us to live a more abundant life (John 16:13). He knows that we are incapable of loving others and doing good as well as we would like. This extra power in our lives will nudge us in the direction of doing good to others as Jesus did (Acts 10:38). When we repent of our wrong ways and accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour, the Father will give us the gift of the Spirit.
Writing to the church at Rome, Paul paid this beautiful compliment: “Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.” (Romans 15:14).
Wouldn’t it be nice if these words could be written of you and me today?
Heavenly Father, help us to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour of our lives, and please bless us with the gift of the Holy Spirit, who will enable us to more fully live a life of goodness and love toward others.
Study by John Magowan
About the Author:
John Magowan is a member of the Pastoral Council at Grace Community Church, Lisburn, Northern Ireland, a congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK.
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