Happy Monday! It’s a gorgeous day here in Charlotte and I am excited to get back to our study on the fruit of the Spirit!
I don’t think it is any coincidence that goodness follows up kindness in the list of the fruit of the Spirit. The two will often go hand-in-hand.
In the original language the New Testament was written in, Greek, the word for goodness is agathosune. Agathosune means “intrinsically good, good in nature, good whether it be seen to be so or not.”
I had to re-read that definition twice. “Whether it be seen to be so (good) or not”.
It is our responsibility to decern what good is. We can’t rely on others to tell us whether or not something is good. We need to know how God defines goodness. We discover that when we read His words.
2 Timothy 3:16 – 17 tells us, “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be throughly equipped for every good work.”
The four processes God’s word works in us so we can be equipped for every good work are teaching, rebuking, correcting and training.
His Word teaches what is good.
His Word rebukes us when we are not doing good.
His Word corrects us, showing us how to change so we begin to do good.
His Word trains us to prepare us for every good work we have the opportunity to be a part of.
Ever meet a woman whose life touches so many with God’s goodness? She is most likely a woman who is investing her time each day learning God’s word.
Carve out time today, friend, so God’s word can prepare you for every good work God wants you to be a part of!