Jesus taught His disciples that they could only be fruitful as a direct result of abiding in Him; a relationship that is carefully nurtured. Jesus explained how He would make it possible for His disciples to abide in Him and bear the same Fruit. First, He would send the Holy Spirit (the mind and power of God) after His death to abide in them and Second, to guide them (John 16:5-15; John 14:16-26). The Holy Spirit is the Christ-life within you that produces the Fruit of godly character in you.
What is this Fruit? Galatians 5:22–23 gives us the answer: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Against such there is no law." The Fruit of the Spirit, then, is the true character of the Christian life that replaces the self-life, or old man, as the Scriptures label our sin nature (Ephesians 4:22-24). The result will be that you will fulfill the intended purpose of the Law – loving God and man (Galatians 5:23).
The first three of the Fruit – love, joy, and peace are primarily inner virtues. The next three virtues – longsuffering, gentleness, and goodness deal more with social situations; best expressed in our relations with others. The last three virtues – faith, meekness, and temperance are all linked to one’s personal discipline.
This month we will concentrate on: “But the fruit of the Spirit is GOODNESS – Goodness – is like a mirror reflecting the nature of God in place of the selfish nature of sin. Goodness is having both a godly character and an action reaching out to others to do good even when it is not deserved (Luke 6:27-36; Ephesians 2:10). Goodness is the quality of a person who is motivated by righteousness and a desire to be a blessing without a self-serving motive (Matthew 5:16). Goodness stands up to and challenges the sin nature; it actively puts truth in action and is a guardian of the truth of God (Ephesians 4:17-5:1).
God wants you to grow in the fruit of goodness so you can be like Him and demonstrate His goodness based on His character. Why does God want you to demonstrate goodness? Because it is good for you and good for those around you. You are to be a light showing what is truly moral (Matthew 5:14-16)!
If you are to be walking billboards for God and His goodness, then you need to think very carefully about your actions, thoughts, and speech. How do you make sure you are demonstrating God’s goodness? You should ask yourself:
· When I do this, am I loving God with all my heart and strength?
· When I do this, am I loving my neighbor as myself?
· When I do this, am I basing it on God’s standards in His Bible, or society’s
standards and/or standards I have created?
Jesus Christ, the perfect example, was the model and definition of goodness demonstrated by a human being. Now, no longer human, Jesus sits at the throne of God eager to help you in your life (Romans 8:34). Use His example and strive to truly grow in the fruit of goodness.
In order to bear good Fruit, you must first join your life to Jesus Christ (John 3:16; John 14:6). In order to join your life to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, you must believe in Him and receive His offer of forgiveness (Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
You can use the following prayer or your own words: Lord Jesus, I believe You are truly the Son of God, who came in the flesh. I believe You died for me and that Your blood pays for my sins and your resurrection provides me with the gift of eternal life. I receive You as my personal Savior and Lord. Thank You for saving me. Help me to live a life that is pleasing to You. Amen.
The tendency to sin remains part of the human experience, but as a Believer, you have been set free from sin’s power over you and no longer have to give into it (Romans 6). Willingly turn from your sins and nail your natural evil desires to the cross, how, by daily confessing your sins (1 John 1:9), committing your sinful tendencies to God’s control (Philippians 2:13), crucifying them, and moment by moment drawing on the Holy Spirit’s power to overcome them (Galatians 2:20; 5:24).
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