Amy Juett is back this with this weeks Fruit of the Spirit for Word Nerd Wednesday – Goodness. There’s more to in than you know. Enjoy!
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
noun good·ness \ ˈgu̇d-nəs \
Merriam-Webster defines goodness as the quality or state of being good or the nutritious, flavorful, or beneficial part of something.
Biblical commentaries and dictionaries delve a little deeper most calling goodness not just a quality but a disposition. Goodness as one of the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 comes from the Greek word “agathosune” which means “uprightness of heart and life.” Matthew Poole’s Commentary refers to goodness as “a disposition in us to hurt none, but to do all the good we can to all.”
From these definitions we can surmise that goodness in Galatians 5:22 refers to a disposition cultivated within us by the Holy Spirit so that we seek to do good toward others.
Goodness of God
Goodness is not a quality we come by naturally or something we can simply choose to become. As with all the fruits of the Spirit, goodness is a quality of God himself and a gift from him.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.” James 1:17-18
From the beginning of time, God’s goodness has been evidenced in his benevolence toward mankind. It is evidenced from the perfect provision in the garden to the clothing of animal skins after the fall, from the provision of manna in the desert to the gift of a land flowing with milk and honey, and all the way to the ultimate act of benevolence in the sacrifice of his own Son for the sins of all mankind.From the beginning of time, God’s goodness has been evidenced in his benevolence toward mankind. @calamusmom #goodness #fruitofthespirit #wordnerdwednesday Click To Tweet
Goodness: A Fruit of the Heart
The heart change we allow the Holy Spirit to do within us as we cultivate goodness becomes evident in our actions. It is only when our hearts have changed that we will begin to display the fruit of goodness or agathosune—uprightness of heart and life. When the heart has been changed to contain good not evil, our disposition changes, and we bring good into the lives of those around us.
“The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.”
Our goodness is an overflow of what God has poured into our hearts; goodness starts on the inside.
Goodness Toward Others
Goodness is the disposition that leads to acts of kindness, graciousness, and encouragement. We have the responsibility of sharing the fruit of goodness with all people.
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
Be on the lookout for ways to do good to everyone you come in contact with today. Hold a door, pay it forward, offer a smile, write a note of encouragement. The opportunities are endless if we will only attune our ear to the Holy Spirit and continue to cultivate the fruit of goodness in our hearts.Opportunities for goodness are endless when we attune our ears to the Holy Spirit and continue to cultivate the fruit of goodness in our hearts. @calamusmom #goodness #fruitofthespirit #wordnerdwednesday Click To Tweet
Hi! I’m Amy, a daughter of God and a native of the Nebraska Sandhills. I am married to my college sweetheart, and we are living the life of little sleep with three young children. From time to time we also welcome foster children into our family and love them as our own for however long they stay with us.
We live in what was my grandparents’ house overlooking the Calamus River. Around the place we have twenty-three chickens, three Labrador Retrievers (more when we have puppies), a pony, and whatever bugs the children find to put in their bug box.
My days are filled with laundry, messes, cooking, homeschooling our oldest, and more laundry. When I’m not immersed in one of those, I enjoy writing, reading, crafty projects, dabbling in photography especially nature, and participating in whatever adventure my husband has dreamed up for our family.
I am passionate about encouraging and equipping in their faith and for the journey of motherhood. In that vein, I share devotionals and blog about motherhood over at Calamus Mom and am active on Facebook. I’d love to connect with you on either or both of those and hear what God is teac
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