In Greek, the word goodness, “agathosune,” means “an uprightness of heart and life.” 3 John 1:11 says, "He who does good [as a way of life] is of God, but he who does evil [as a way of life] has not seen God ."
Goodness is the very essence of God’s nature - His righteousness and holiness. In Ephesians 5:9, we see that His goodness is associated with righteousness and truth. In the same way, When we got born again, Goodness became natural to us as opposed to the sin nature we had when we were natural men.
James 1:17 says, "Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights. This shows that Goodness is not a quality we can produce on our own but it’s as a result of the impact the presence of the Holy Spirit
When we act out of true goodness of the heart, we are obedient to God’s words and seek the benefit of others. Our actions come from a place of selflessness, and we place the needs of others before our own.
How do we demonstrate goodness ?
Jesus is the ultimate example of goodness. I mean the entire story of Jesus is the Gospel which means good news in the same way he expects our life to be sign posts of Goodness.
Romans12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].”
We have been called to prove what is the Good, acceptable and perfect will of God so our lives must show goodness .
We see in Acts 10:38 that Jesus “went about doing good”. We’re to do the same
Ephesians 2:10 says we are being “created in Christ Jesus for good works.”
When we love Christ, we demonstrate that love for God by keeping His word and what it says. Jesus told us to, "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you” Luke 6:27-28. It is impossible to do this if you don’t have the God nature. For the world calls this foolishness. So understand that you’re able to produce good works because you are good from the very core of your nature, because of the life that flows through you, you can’t but bear good fruits. You’re not good because you do good works, you do good works because you’re good.
The goodness in us always points back to God and brings glory to his name. It’s that attribute people see in you that reflects Gods character and spark an interest in the Gospel you speak about. Goodness is like magnet, it draws people to you. Matthew 5:16 says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Here are some Goodness self-examination questions:
Is the “good” I do based on God’s standards in His Bible, or society’s standards and standards I have created?
How do my actions show God’s right way of life? How do my actions show God’s word?
Would God call what I am about to do “good”? If yes, what evidence from the Bible shows it?
Am I just? Am I fair? Am I obedient to God’s commandments? Am I generous in doing good to others?
I believe these questions would help us determine whether or not we’re bearing this fruit of Goodness in all its fullness in our lives and if you’re not, don’t fret for the spirit of God is our enabler and the word of God guides us for we’re never left without help.
Yesterday, in the fruit of the spirit challenge we practiced goodness and here are some of the lessons learned from members of the community:
Watch the video on Goodness by @Tea_with Jerry
How to participate: Visit @tea_withjerry on Instagram. Each day a video would be posted here for the fruit of that day and all you have to do is:
Stay conscious of that fruit all day & exercise it no matter what!
Visit the post again at the end of the day to read other people’s experiences and share yours too & you’re all set!
For extra tea, a telegram group chat has been created to send daily excerpts from our man of God- Pastor Chris Oyakhilome on the different fruits of the Spirit, reminders on the fruit all day long, inspiration from other participants and more. Click (here) to join the group.
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