Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

Strong’s Concordance – agathosune ag-ath-o-soo’-nay; goodness, i.e. virtue or beneficence:–goodness; incudes the sterner qualities by which doing “good” to others is not necessarily by gentle means; yet the sterner element in the ideal character which acts in a manner for the benefit of others.

Goodness.  Not just being good, but being morally good.  This is about a moral obligation to serve God.  There is right and there is wrong.  Good and evil.  Goodness is choosing the right and good over everything.

Every day, we are faced with choices. Some choices are easy and some are hard.  The choices to do good or to do evil.  With goodness, we choose God and a life that is for God.  Anything that is not for God is against God.  There is no middle ground.  There is no gray area.  Satan fights hard to get us to avoid goodness.  He is good with “okness.”  We cannot accept “okness.”  We must choose goodness.

Goodness as Jesus demonstrated involved the goodness of coming to this world as a baby in a manger, living a perfect example of a life, and dying on the cross for all the sins of all the world.  There was no choice for Jesus.  God had predestined that Jesus would die for the sins of the world, starting with the first sin in the Garden of Eden to the last sin that will be committed.  Perfect goodness is only from God.

Goodness is only inside of us because of God.  We are not good in and of ourselves.  We are filthy rags that God turns into riches.  We are not capable of God’s level of goodness on our own.  Enter Jesus.  Jesus wiped us clean with His blood.  We can stand before God, blameless, because Jesus died and lived.

Do you want goodness?  Do you want God’s goodness?  It is an ask away from being yours.  God’s goodness is a gift that has been given to all but not accepted by all.  It can be accepted when you accept Jesus into your heart.  Forgiveness from sin leads to goodness that saves.  It is as simple as that.  Accept and live eternally.

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for Your goodness.  Your goodness that saved a wretch like me.  Your goodness can be my goodness if I ask.  Thank You for all that You have done for this world.  You truly are an awesome God.

In your good and loving name we pray,

Amen

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