Our key scripture: Galatians 5:22-23 â€“ ESV
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
So today we’re talking about goodness.
That word just sounds good, doesn’t it? 😉
Goodness is actually intermingled with kindness in this scripture, as you can see by the definition of the Greek word agathÅsynÄ“:
1) uprightness of heart and life, goodness, kindness
Did you notice that first phrase in the definition? Uprightness of heart and life. That’s pretty strong, don’t you think? What does it take to have uprightness of heart and life? What does that mean for you, for me?
Well, I’m glad you asked!
Uprightness of heart and life equals integrity.
Goodness, the characteristic/temperament of the Fruit of the Spirit, means integrity.
What are the effects of living a life and having a heart full of integrity? Let’s look:
Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day. 1 Kings 3:6 (NIV)
Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.” Job 2:3 (NIV)
Seems that integrity is important to God, don’t you think? It affects our character if we don’t live a life of integrity, if there’s no integrity in our hearts.
You’ve probably said it before when talking about someone you know who has integrity: “He’s a good man” or “She’s a good woman.” Integrity is a major, deciding factor in dealing with people in business, in deciding whether or not to value their opinions or thoughts.
I don’t know about you but I sure would love to be known like David or Job. I mean, God Himself told Satan, “well, my servant Job is amazing. He is full of integrity – you should check him out.”
Isn’t that crazy? Is that crazy to anyone else out there that God offered up Job to Satan? That’s like a major, MAJOR, compliment, don’t you think?
But let’s not digress down the integrity road too much. I want us to focus on some different areas of goodness:
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6 (NIV)
1) good, pleasant, agreeable
As we are operating in the Fruit of the Spirit, we are to be good, pleasant and agreeable.
Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 (NIV)
Being agreeable and pleasant is definitely reflected in the scripture above, wouldn’t you say?
But isn’t that the hardest thing? Because our nature is to defend ourselves – to fight – but we should all live a life of goodness. Greet each other with love, kindness and be pleasant to be around.
I know, right?
Easier said than done.
But as we grow in the Spirit and our relationship with God, we will because we will be more like Him every day.