“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.” Galatians 5:22-23 ESV
Webster defines “goodness” as “the quality or state of being good…the nutritious, flavorful, or beneficial part of something”. Children learn at an early age if they are “good” there is a reward in it for them. In the way society looks at being “good”, it’s more or less admirable motives and deeds. But, the goodness God is wanting to give us in the 9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit is more inward than outward. It touches our every word, our ever thought, and our every action of being a godly person. This means we have to first have the right motives before we can call any of our actions good.
When our entire focus is loving God and wanting His will to be done in all things, then our goodness will flow outwardly. God tells us we are full of goodness, “And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another.” Romans 15:14 NASB
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 NASB
We are not perfect because of sin. Just because we are considered “good” does not mean we are perfect. It is our desires and motives that determine our character not our degree of perfection.
Goodness is a quality that can have a powerful drawing effect on people. We are drawn to God because of the goodness He shows to us. In the same way we can draw non-believers to us through the “fruit” of goodness. People are usually drawn to other people because of a particular trait they see. By living a Godly life and being a good example and role model for others we can attract non-believers to us.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit the goodness of God can be transmitted into your personality. His goodness can shine through us to reach others.