“It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.” ~ Aristotle

“No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand.” ~ Saul Bellow

“But the fruit of the Spirit is … goodness …” ~ Galatians 5:22 NIV

In our continuing series on being like a tree in 2012, we’ve been focusing in on some of the fruit that naturally develops when we stay plugged into the source of life and are being transformed by God’s Spirit from the inside out.

Today’s fruit is goodness.

Goodness is living right. To be a good example and role model for others to follow. A core integrity. An intrinsic purity that produces generosity.

Goodness involves perpetual desire and sincere study, not only to abstain from every appearance of evil, but to do good to the bodies and souls of men to the utmost of our ability. Goodness must spring from a good heart that’s been cleansed by the Spirit.

Goodness is God’s character and man’s potential to do good and be good. The goodness of God draws sinners to repentance and salvation. The fruit of goodness is letting His light shine to attract those around us.

“Lord, do good to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart.” (Psalm 125:4 NIV)

Paul told Timothy to, “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” (1 Timothy 6:18 NIV)

“Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?” (1 Peter 3:13 NIV)

So be good for goodness sake!

What about you? Would you say you have a good heart? Do you tend toward good thoughts or evil? Do you have a core integrity or are you pulled around by the culture or peers?

Like A Tree – Fruit of Goodness
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