The fruit of the Spirit is ….goodness. (Galatians 5:22)
Walking in goodness means cultivating an attitude to do good to other people; to do the right thing. As you attempt to cultivate goodness you can do so in the following ways:
- Confess any thoughts or deeds that are not kind or good. Augustine wrote, “The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.”
- Take the initiative in meeting the specific needs of others. After all, “love means action.”
- Forget your own comfort” When God is at work in the believer, he desires to be good and the do good…It becomes clear that the good life is not comfort, but godliness.”
- Advance the happiness of others: “Kindness is a sincere desire for the happiness of others; goodness is the activity calculated to advance their happiness.”
Getting a Handle on Goodness
- True goodness is spiritual in its origin. The Bible reveals to us that God is good. It is in his divine character to be good. To care for the needs of others. One scholar defines this goodness as ” the sum of all God’s attributes…express[ing] the ….excellence of divine character.” As his children, we can exhibit His goodness, a goodness that is so completely upright that it abhors evil. What a blessed privilege to represent Him.
- Goodness is active. While kindness means planning to do something good for others; goodness moves into total action. God in us and His presence with us produces his goodness in us. And His goodness in us then results in active benevolence.
- Goodness is a readiness to do good. In addition to being active, goodness is completely dedicated to helping others live well. It is a quality that is ruled by and aims at what is good – a readiness to do good. Goodness will do everything it can to shower God’s goodness upon others. Goodness follows through on those wonderful thoughts of kindness, thoughts which came when we were praying, caring, noticing, and planning to act.
Do all the good you can,
by all the means you can,
in all the ways you can,
in all the places you can,
at all the times you can,
to all the people you can,
as long as ever you can.
Note: The above information is a study taken from the book, “A Woman’s Walk With God, Growing in the Fruit of the Spirit” by Elizabeth George