Galatians 5:22 – The fruit of the Spirit is goodness.
Goodness is the result of the righteousness of Christ established in one’s life through the goodness of God. “It is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance” (Romans 2:4) KJV. The NASB says “It is the kindness of God.” Goodness and kindness are very closely related. Paul told the Church at Rome that he was convinced they were full of goodness. He related goodness to what they knew in Christ for the purpose of admonishing one another (Romans 15:14).
Taking the time to encourage others comes from “goodness.” Paul says that “the fruit of light is rooted in goodness” (Ephesians 5:9). Paul links goodness to a desire God has for the life of a believer. “To this end, we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power” (2 Thessalonians 1:11). Paul links goodness with free will: “Without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your goodness would not be, in effect, by compulsion, but of your own free will” (Philemon 1:14).
Goodness begins with God’s love toward us. Goodness continues as it becomes part of our nature through the work of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God is always at work to manifest the nature of Christ in every believer. He desires to see us filled and full of the goodness of God. This can only happen as we grow in our knowledge of Christ. This knowledge is not only about Him, but what He desires for us to impart to others. He has called each of us to admonish and encourage one another in our walk as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The manifestation of goodness in our daily walk is evidence that we have embraced God’s light. Two areas that reveal God’s goodness are our strong desire for goodness and how goodness flows out of our free will without any compulsion on the part of others.
Father, I thank You for Your goodness in leading me to repentance. Thank You for helping me turn from my old ways of thinking. Thank You for giving me Your supernatural way of thinking which comes from Your Holy Word. Father, help me be aware of any darkness which may still be in my life. I desire to be full of goodness and to freely encourage others to receive the goodness of God.