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Fruits of the Spirit: Goodness
Sunday, April 3, 2022
Today we tackle the sixth Fruit of the Spirit, Goodness.
What exactly is “goodness”? I like this definition from gotquestions.org:
“Goodness is virtue and holiness in action. It results in a life characterized by deeds motivated by righteousness and a desire to be a blessing. It’s a moral characteristic of a Spirit-filled person. The Greek word translated “goodness,” agathosune, is defined as "uprightness of heart and life." Agathosune is goodness for the benefit of others, not goodness simply for the sake of being virtuous.
Someone with agathosune will selflessly act on behalf of others. Confronting someone about a sin demonstrates goodness. So do giving to the poor, providing for one’s children, visiting the sick, volunteering to clean up after a storm, and praying for an enemy. Expressions of goodness are as varied as the Spirit is creative.”
This gift of the Holy Spirit is what the Heaven On Wheels podcast is all about — goodness for the benefit of others. A new episode of the podcast is heading your way soon!
“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!”
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