Most of the discussion around the fruit of the spirit is objective. Showing love, patience, and kindness is relatively easy to spot. But when we talk about God’s goodness to us and us showing goodness to others, it is more a discussion about what drives us than what we do and get accomplished.
We live in a culture that is self-sufficient, self-reliant, and self-absorbed. Self is so important that people have entire folders of selfie photos. So, showing goodness and doing good is difficult at best. It is neither encouraged; nor is it appreciated.
Funny thing is; however, this was not a new function brought on by technology. Instead, it is the true nature of men apart from God. Men have been selfish since Adam and will be until Christ’s return.
That is why we are filled with God’s goodness when the Holy Spirit enters our lives. We can never grow weary of doing good; as it is the Spirit that drives us to goodness. If we lack the desire to be or to do good, we need first to see if we are living in our own or in God’s power.
In our daily journey, we will demonstrate all the fruits of the Spirit, but we must understand that God’s goodness acts like a glaze or a seal over each of the other fruit.
His goodness demands that we love, His goodness brings joy and peace. His goodness allows us to operate patiently in the most difficult circumstances. His goodness makes us kind and gentle. Finally, His goodness brings us self-control so that we can remain faithful.
That is why we can see His goodness in the world and live His goodness in our lives. If we will do that, the remainder of God’s fruit will flow from us without fail.
God Bless You
8 whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.[a]
Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness.
Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.