Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Goodness. A Virtue of the Fruit of the Spirit.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

GAL 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Goodness is agathosune a-gath-o-sune
in the Greek.
It means virtue, excellence, uprightness of heart and life.

PSA 25:8 Good and upright is the Lord
Ps 34:8
O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
PSA 86:5
For Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon Thee.
PSA 100:5
For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting, And His faithfulness to all generations.
NAH 1:7
The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him.

It is intrinsic good, [basic and fundamental], and has to do with spiritual excellence, resulting in application of doctrine.

Like all the other virtues we have been studying, goodness is the result of the working of the Holy Spirit in the lives of those who submit to His divine will and power.

It is the spiritual impulse that seeks what God would want for someone else, or seeks what God desires in a particular circumstance.

Kindness refers more to the manner in which that “goodness” is expresses itself.

“Goodness insists on that which is good;
Kindness controls the way in which goodness is expressed.”

Principle – “Kindness” emphasizes the manner with which God wants us to pursue goodness when it affects the lives of others.

Because believers are in union with Christ, the Good Shepherd, we are to be vehicles for reproducing God’s goodness in our lives.

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