Confessions of a PW ~ Goodness Is a Tasty Fruit...
I've lacked understanding on how "goodness" fits in with the Fruit of the Spirit until I began weeding out what I thought it meant...
In the words of Paul, "For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out."
(Romans 7:18 NIV) I swear he was straight up talking about me!!
Since nothing good naturally dwells in us, how is it possible that "goodness" is a fruit we possess and how do we put it into practice? A consistent, intentional relationship with Christ makes it possible for goodness to rise to the surface in real life situations.
Gaining a greater understanding of the word sheds light on what "goodness" is to look like in our lives:
Strongs concordance translation G-19 says goodness is used, in the NT, of regenerate persons (born again, believer, Christ follower).
The state or quality of being good
Moral excellence; virtue;
Kindly feeling, kindness, generosity, joy in being good
The best part of anything; Essence; Strength;
General character recognized in quality or conduct.
Summum bonum is a Latin expression meaning "the highest good". Of Christianity, the highest good is usually defined as the life of the righteous and/or the life led in Communion with God and according to God's precepts. (wikipedia.com)
The expression of goodness is motivated by an ongoing connection with Jesus Christ, instigated by the Holy Spirit at work within us.
Today's goal: be alert to those on our path needing the highest form of good- share Jesus with a hurting soul.