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
Paul’s letter to the Galatians identifies goodness as a fruit of the Spirit. The manifestation of being good reveals that the Lord is active, living, and working in your life. As a child, the words “be good,” meant obeying the household rules, the community laws, and the Ten Commandments. But, goodness goes beyond obedience. It is the quality of being consistently upright and pure, escaping “the corruption in the world caused by evil desires”(2 Peter 1:4 NIV).
This quality of goodness requires you to keep your eyes and your mind fixed on Jesus, abstaining from all appearances of evil. In Philippians 4:8 NIV, Paul encourages each of us to think on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. The Lord says in Jeremiah 6:16 NIV, “…ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Make a commitment today to seek God’s guidance through prayer and the study of His Word, to not only discover the good way, but to tap into His strength in order to walk in it. And then one day, you will hear the beautiful words, “Well done, good and faithful servant”(Matthew 25:21 NIV).
- Pray that the Lord will give you the strength to walk in His ways.
- Pray that the Lord will provide you with opportunities each day to do good to the people around you.