The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit, Part VII
But the fruit of the Spirit is goodness. Galatians 5:22
Goodness or being good has always been misconstrued as the ability to enter the kingdom of Heaven. Being good won't get you to first base, but being forgiven will allow you to enter into eternal life! There was a rich man who asked Jesus about eternal life and called Him good Master and Jesus replied, "There is no one good but God!"
Goodness is God's nature and He is good all the time, because He is a good God. We as His children are also good, not because of our behavior but because we have been washed in the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and we are now called good in His sight. There is much good in God's kingdom and there are many good deeds done in true righteousness around the world in the body of Christ and we are good in the sight of the Most High!
The trick of the devil is to convince the believer that he is no good, worthless and a failure in this life and it is a fact, we are born to lose, but by His blood and the Holy Spirit's power we are born again to win! New creations, born of the Spirit, counted good by His grace and called to serve as good stewards of the manifold wisdom of God!
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin