for you people were once darkness [i.e., when living in sin], but now you are light in [fellowship with] the Lord. [So], live like people who belong to light [i.e., who live godly lives], 9 (for the product of light consists of everything good and right and true). 10 Then you will demonstrate [or, “learn about”] a life that is very pleasing to the Lord.
11 Do not have fellowship with [people who practice] worthless deeds of darkness [i.e., sinful living], but expose them instead. (AUV)
Think about this
Does goodness from the Holy Spirit help you become a better good person? Are you absolutely (unquestionably) good without the goodness that comes from God’s Spirit? You believe you are good, but do you do good things without expecting something in return? Help the poor and others in need.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 Gentleness, self-control: against such things there is no law. (RKJNT)
G19 The ‘fruit of the Spirit’ “goodness” comes from the Greek word ἀγαθωσύνη agathosune (ag-ath-o-soo’-nay) n. 1. goodness, i.e. virtue or beneficence. 2. uprightness of heart and life, goodness, kindness.
There are three qualities of the Holy Spirit with the primary benefit meant for others. They are kindness, goodness, and gentleness. So ask yourself, am I kind and good to and gentle with others?
A good way to understand the purpose of this and each quality is to associate it with the works (fruit) of the flesh; see Galatians 5:19-21. What do people do that goodness from the Holy Spirit will help them overcome?
Works of flesh
For an example look at goodness as virtue. A behavior showing high moral standards. The opposite behavior is immorality. Adultery, fornication, lasciviousness (uncontrolled sexual urges/activity), drunkenness, and revellings (wild partying) are typically considered immoral for God’s children. If you struggle with sexual and other moral sins then goodness will help you live in victory.
There are many English translations, revisions, or versions of the Bible. Here are some other words used for goodness in Galatians 5:22. In my opinion, generosity takes goodness to a different level.
generosity” [11*] ♦ “well doing” [BBE] ♦ “beneficence” [MACE] ♦ “benevolence” [Riverside and WEY] ♦ “kindness” [MPSNT] ♦ “good” [CEV, NIRV and NLV] ♦ “being good” [BWE and WE].
NOTE: the Bible translations that use these words are enclosed in square brackets.
The quality of being good in any of its various senses; excellence (being very good); virtue (honest goodness); kindness; benevolence (goodwill); as, goodness of character, of disposition (mood), of conduct (ways), etc.
Other words with the same meaning as goodness.
♥ Question for ‘Goodness’: Do you practice doing good to be noticed by others or is it from your heart?
How to use Goodness
Look at 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 and 21-22 to get a few examples of being God-pleasingly good (using goodness). Combine kindness, goodness, and gentleness as you do your good works. In other words, be kind, good, and gentle when dealing with others.
14 and 15
♦ Warn the believers that will not work (idle, unruly; 2 Thessalonians 3:10-11); if anyone would not work, neither should he eat.
♦ Encourage and comfort those who want to give up (the feebleminded). ♦ Help and give support to the [spiritually] weak.
♦ Be patient with everyone. ♦ Do good things to and for others as often as you can.
21 and 22
Put everything [i.e., speakers and their messages] to the test, [then] hold onto what is good [verse 21 (AUV)].
♦ Stay away from sin (evil); avoid doing things that even look like you are doing wrong. (Romans 12:9 and 21; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; 3 John 1:11)].
1 Peter 2:11-12
Be mindful of what you do and how you do it. I remind you that your actions and attitude are important.
Dear friends, your real home is not here on earth. You are strangers here. I ask you to keep away from all the sinful desires of the flesh. These things fight to get hold of your soul. 12 When you are around people who do not know God, be careful how you act. Even if they talk against you as wrong-doers, in the end they will give thanks to God for your good works when Christ comes again. (NLV)
What you do affects others since you are a child of light (Ephesians 5:9). Be encouraged to always do good.
And we should not become tired of doing good things, for eventually we will receive [never ending life] if we do not give up. 10 So then, we should do the right thing toward every person whenever we have the opportunity, and especially toward people who are part of God’s family [i.e., those making up “the faith”]. (AUV)
2 Thessalonians 1:11
That is why we always pray for you. We ask our God to help you live the good way he wanted when he chose you. The goodness you have makes you want to do good. And the faith you have makes you work. We pray that with his power God will help you do these things more and more. (ERV)
Full of Goodness
My brothers and sisters, I know without a doubt that you are full of goodness and have all the knowledge you need. So you are certainly able to counsel each other” [Romans 15:14 (ERV)]. Can others make a statement like that about you? Are you full of goodness? Do you have all the knowledge you need to do good and please God?
Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy. 9 Keep to the script: whatever you learned and received and heard and saw in me—do it—and the God of peace will walk with you [Philippians 4:8-9 (The Voice)]. God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing [Ephesians 2:10 (NCV)].
So my friends, live a life overflowing with and full of goodness and be blessed in Jesus name. Goodness from God, are you absolutely (completely) good without it?
I love you—♥ Tim ☺.
Note: parenthesis (#) enclose the key verses.
Summary: Ephesians 5:8-11; Luke 8:11-15 (15); Matthew 12:33-37 (33 and 35). Romans 12:1-2 (2); Galatians 5:16-26 (16-17).
Fruit of the Spirit: Galatians 5:16-26 (19-23).
Use it: Ephesians 5:8-11 (9); 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22 (14-15 and 21-22); 1 Peter 2:11-12; Galatians 6:6-10 (9-10).
Wrap-up: 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12 (11); Romans 15:14-21 (14); Philippians 4:8-9; Ephesians 2:1-10 (10).
Related Bible studies:
♥ Final question for “Goodness”: Are you doing good things for and to others as often as you can?
See what is available on the Sound Truth Ministry website.
(ERV) Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation Center, Inc. and used by permission. || (NCV) Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. || (The Voice) The Voice Scripture taken from The Voice™. Copyright © 2008 by Ecclesia Bible Society. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
* the 11 translations that use the word ‘generosity’ (Galatians 5:22) are ALT, AUV, KNOX, MOF, MRINT, NAB, NRSV, OEB, OJB, PNT and TCNT.