Welcome to our September study about GOODNESS. Let’s begin by grasping the meaning of this attribute of God. Isn’t it amazing that God grants us His goodness as one of the fruits of the Spirit? God’s goodness is a vast concept that blesses us richly.
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!Psalm 118:1 NKJV
For His mercy endures forever.”
Let’s define GOODNESS…
What exactly does GOODNESS mean? We might refer to someone as a “good person,” or write “good” across the top of a student’s graded essay. A rich dessert or a juicy steak may taste “good.” Or we might proclaim that a home run or touchdown was “good.” In Texas, we usually reply “good” when asked how we are doing (yes, it’s bad grammar, but it sounds right in Texas).
God’s goodness is different…
We use “good” to describe all sorts of things, but in relation to describing God, it falls short. God is far above our ways and thoughts. Let’s first look at some definitions to better understand this attribute of God’s divine GOODNESS.
- Goodness is the central essence of God’s character.
- It means God is not evil, abhors evil, and cannot be tempted by evil.
- He uses divine wrath and divine justice to manifest His goodness to His creation.
- His mercy flows out from His goodness.
- God’s kindness flows out from His goodness.
- His holy love for His people flows out from His goodness. He saves us through Christ, who is the propitiation for our sins.
God, Himself, is the definition of GOODNESS because He is naturally good in and of Himself. He cannot lie or deceive because He is Truth. God created the universe and its worlds, including our planet, and declared that it was good. Everything holds together in nature perfectly because of His goodness.
Jesus defined goodness…
A rich young ruler asked Jesus how to inherit eternal life. “So Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God’ ” (Luke 18:19 NKJV).
Let’s take time this week to focus on God and His perfect goodness. Let’s soak our minds and hearts in King David’s beautiful psalm that describes this divine attribute.
I will extol You, my God, O King;Psalm 145:1-10 NKJV
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
And His greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
5 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty,
And on Your wondrous works.
6 Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts,
And I will declare Your greatness.
7 They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness,
And shall sing of Your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion,
Slow to anger and great in mercy.
9 The Lord is good to all,
And His tender mercies are over all His works.
(Click HERE to read the rest of Psalm 145.)
How has God revealed His goodness to you?
Dear Father, thank you for revealing your divine goodness to us through nature, Your kind actions, and Your free gift of salvation through Your Son Jesus. Plant seeds of goodness in our hearts today so we can reflect Your divine nature in our lost and dying world. May Your goodness draw all people to the cross of Christ. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
6 thoughts on “The Fruit of the Spirit Study week 30: Goodness”
Love this study, and pausing to think about God’s goodness! My heart agrees with Psalm 31:19 – “How great is Your goodness, Which You have stored up for those who fear You, Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, Before the sons of men!” What a thought that He has stored up His goodness for us! He has revealed His goodness to me by dying in my place when I was the one who deserved to die, by giving me mercy that I didn’t deserve, and grace that I didn’t earn. In His goodness, He has given me a husband who loves the Lord and loves me. He has shown His goodness by walking beside me in the valleys and by helping to keep my eyes fixed on Him during the mountain times of victory. His manifold blessings all come from His goodness. From His storehouse of goodness, He has brought about Heart”wings” and by His goodness, continues to use it for His glory. I have tasted and seen that the Lord is good, and it fills my heart with such joy! Amen!
Amen, Becky. Because of His goodness, we can live in victory and assurance of our eternal salvation. May we rejoice today and always in His goodness and the free gifts that flow out of it. I’ve been singing “God is so good” in my heart. Amen! ❤️
God continues to reveal His goodness every moment. Recently hubby and I had to move out of our home and find a new home quickly. We received the news via email. We worried at first and then, remembered to pray. Within a short time, God provided a brand new townhouse for us. We are keeping in touch with the previous neighbors which are only 3 minutes away. We are making new friends here. God is so good. His goodness is amazing! 🙂
That’s a wonderful answer to prayer, Mimi! You and I have moving recently in common. Isn’t God’s goodness welcome when we need His answers! I’m glad you’re getting settled and making new friends while keeping the old. Blessings! ❤️xoxo
Such profound and beautiful words as always. Thank you for the wonderful encouragement! <3
Thanks for your sweet comment! The goodness of God is a great blessing for all of us. ❤️xoxo