But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
When we are living life connected to God’s heart, each of these characteristics of God flow out of us. Throughout the Psalms, we read about the goodness of God—“Taste and see that the Lord is good”…”Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good.” So as we seek to understand this fruit of the Spirit, we need to know that goodness can look a lot of different ways, but it will always look like God.
It’s easy to recognize love, generosity, forgiveness, grace, and encouragement as examples of goodness. But what about discipline? Or correction? Or denied requests? These aren’t as pleasant, but are just as good. The goodness of God centers around His heart for your soul’s well-being and wholeness. So living out this fruit of the Spirit looks like any action or choice that pushes you or someone else into more of God.
Goodness is a fruit of the Spirit that can seem simple, but it has a profound effect on us and the people around us. Anyone can do good things, but the goodness that comes from the Spirit is centered around God. There’s a huge difference in my motives when I don’t spend time with God. Relatively speaking, I still do good things, but my actions become much more self-centered than God-centered. However, when I am connected to the Spirit of God, my actions aren’t about how they benefit me or how they make me appear, but instead they are all about God’s heart for people.
If you want to live out this fruit of the Spirit, it’s relatively straightforward:
- Spend time with God. He’s good. Connect with His heart, so His goodness overflows out of you.
- Do good things. Serve others. Be kind. Encourage a friend. Talk to someone who is lonely. Live generously. Have the hard conversations.
- As you do good, let your motives be centered around God instead of yourself.
God, you are good. Help me to believe more than ever before that you are actually good all the time. I want to taste and see that you are good. I want to see your goodness overflowing out of me. If there is any selfish motive in my heart, please address it within me. I love you, Lord. Amen