Goodness.

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
Galatians 5:22‭-‬23 NLT

Welcome back to this blog. I pray that as you read, your spiritual eyes are opened to see what God will have you see and your ears are opened to hear the Words of God.

The etymology of the word “goodness” is godnes which means “virtue, kindliness.”

Goodness is part of the fruit of the spirit but it is the least talked about and least expressed too. I’d love you to read this story below.

A particular Jewish man was robbed by bandits, stripped of his clothing, beaten up and left half dead by the side of the road. By chance, a priest was passing through and when he saw the man, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed by him. Likewise, a Levite saw him and did the same. A Samaritan passed through the road, when he saw him, he had compassion on him. He went to him, bound up his wounds, pouring oil and wine. He took him to an inn where he was further taken care of. Story paraphrased from Luke 10: 30-37.

All that we call “good” on earth is tainted and imperfect. God is the original definition of good. He is our model of the word goodness. Goodness is His character as John 10:11 reads “I am the good Shepherd; the good Shepherd lays His life for His sheep.” It is because of His love and goodness that He chose to pay the price for our sins.

God expects us to do good to everyone, regardless of who that person is because that is His character.

And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
Acts of the Apostles 10:38 NLT


Like the Good Samaritan, you are expected to be good to everyone. Jesus was good to everyone and He is our standard.

This isn’t something you can do by yourself. Goodness is a God-given attribute so it takes God to see it fulfilled. You will need God Himself to help you. The world and everything that is in it is overcome by evil so you need to be good to overcome that which is evil. This calls for intimacy with God. It is in the secret place that you pick up His strength and leave your inadequacy.

If you haven’t received Jesus into your life, you cannot model His goodness. For you to be good, you need to have the life of Christ in you. You need to accept and believe in Jesus. To accept Him, you can say this prayer “Dear Jesus, I acknowledge that you died for my sins. I ask that You forgive me of all my sins and make me your child. Thank You because You have forgiven me. Amen. “

Thank you for reading this blog post. To contact the writer, kindly send a mail to oladewalaura@gmail.com.

1 Comment

  1. Qonyike says:

    God is good, hallelujah 🙏

    Liked by 1 person

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