What do you think of when you hear the word goodness? Most likely you are thinking about good things. Good food, good friends, a good movie, a good day, a good heart, and the list could go on and on. But what does good mean in relation to the fruit of the Spirit?
Scripture starts out in Genesis with the Lord creating the world and everything He made was “good.” What a precedent to set. From the beginning of time, everything the Lord did was good. God is goodness. He is good in all circumstances, and He never changes; He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8)
So how do we take the goodness of God and exhibit it in our own life? What might that look like? Romans 8:11 says the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us. That means that the same goodness that lives in Christ, lives in us. Because of that power, we have access to do good and to be good in our thoughts, our words, our actions, and our attitude. Without that power, we are overwhelmed with sin. If you were asked what the opposite of good is most likely you would say bad, right? Well, I know personally there is way too much bad when my eyes are not fixed on Christ. But, when we ask the Holy Spirit for help, we are able to reflect Christ’s goodness.
Do you think people would take a look at your life and call it “good”? Can you think of anyone you know who exhibits the goodness of the Lord? When you get tired and weary, remember through the power of the Holy Spirit living within us, the same goodness of God is available to you too.
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith [fellow believers]” Galatians 6:9-10