The Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness
The Holy Spirit helps us do good things to and for others. The Bible states, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23). Therefore, when we are born-again the Holy Spirit guides us to do good.
So, when other people see you, do they see you helping others? Are you doing good things that glorify God? These are a few questions to ask yourself as you ponder on the actions you do.
A few scriptures that describe doing good, are as follows,
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
“And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good” (2 Thessalonians 3:13).
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).
These scriptures show us that we should continue to do good to others. The Bible states, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). Therefore, listen to the Holy Spirit and let Him guide you into all truth. “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come” (John 16:13).
So, continue to do good things unto the Lord. Good works do not get us to heaven, Jesus does. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:8-10).
So, remember Romans 3:9-20,
9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”
13 “Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.”
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 and the way of peace they do not know.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.”
So, remember Colossians 3:23-24,
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23-24).
“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” (Hebrews 13:16).
Jesus, I pray that everyone who reads this devotional works unto the Lord. Build their strength and may they glorify You in all they do. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). “…for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). In Jesus name I pray, Amen.