“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
The fruit of God’s Spirit in our life is the evidence that we, indeed, have the Holy Spirit living in us, guiding our lives and empowering us to live a fruitful kind of life.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE GOOD OR TO MANIFEST GOODNESS?
1. For some people, it means looking good .
2. For some people, it means feeling good.
3. For others, it means having the goods .
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT GOODNESS? Genesis 1:31
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morningthe sixth day.”
1. The gift of goodness is a consequence of the salvation of God. Ephesians 2:10
“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
19 “For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to dothis I keep on doing.”
2. The will of God defines good. Romans 12:2
John Wesley’s Big Three:
1. Rejoice evermore.
2. Pray without ceasing.
3. In everything give thanks.
THE PROBLEM IS…………..WE AREN’T NATURALLY GOOD.
1. The Bible declares it .
2. History affirms it .
3. God’s standard has never changed .
“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”
How Can I Become Good?
This is the foundational step; without this, you cannot experience goodness in your life.
Accept God’s gift . Ephesians 2:8-9
Goodness is not a humanistic option. Scripture decisively affirms that goodness is truly a gift of the Spirit.