June 13, 2018WOFCF Bible Study Explosion
Fruit of the Spirit Series – Part 6 of 9, Goodness (Gal 5:22-23)
Not only does the goodness of God draw people direct to Him, but this fruit of goodness operating in a believer can also draw people direct to God through the actual believer. Spirit-filled saints who are walking with many of these fruits operating through them are like a magnet. Many people who have been saved through an individual believer say that what drew them in was the love and goodness they saw shining through that believer. Jesus says that we are to carry His light and let that light shine before men and not attempt to hide it. Part of His light is these 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit shining through an anointed believer. Nonbelievers are really drawn to someone who has some degree of these nine fruits manifesting through their personalities.
However, there is something extra special about the quality of goodness. Many Christians can effectively witness to others by just living right and being a good example and role model for others to follow. Many nonbelievers carefully watch and study some Christians because they know there is something different about them. One of the key qualities a nonbeliever will notice in a solid Christian is this quality of goodness. This quality has an ability to really get down deep into the core of a believer’s personality. To those who really have this quality, you can tell that it is something operating deep down inside of them. This quality is not something that waivers like some of the other qualities can do. These people are good down to their very cores of their personalities. You can see it and feel it when you get around these types of people.
As a result of seeing this God-like goodness deeply ingrained into their personalities, there is an immediate drawing towards them. You feel totally safe being around them because you know you can totally trust them, and you know they would never deliberately hurt you. Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Good Shepherd, laid down his life for the ‘sheep’ (Read & ).
Here are some of the different definitions (not all-inclusive) of what real goodness is all about:
1. Beneficence (pronounced ‘ben-nif-fa-cence’), ready to do good, love in action 2. Kindness in actual manifestation, virtue equipped for action, a bountiful tendency both to will and to do what is good, intrinsic goodness producing a generosity and a Godlike state or being 3. The word beneficence means the fact or quality of being kind or doing good
This particular quality is a very powerful fruit to have operating in your personality because of the drawing power it has in it. And the beautiful part about this fruit is that this quality is so pure in its goodness…it does not have any manipulative qualities within it. In other words, a truly good person could not even begin to try to use you or manipulate you for their own personal gain because they are too good and righteous to even begin to think along those lines. This is why these kinds of people are so trustworthy and why so many people are drawn to them…because you feel so safe by just being around them.
What are your thoughts? Any Scriptures you like to share?
After Vacation Bible School week, we will resume with our Fruit of the Spirit lesson series.