6. Fruit of the Spirit - Goodness

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  • ag-ath-o-soo’-nay Ro 15:14 Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness <19>, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. Eph 5:9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness <19>, righteousness, and truth),
  • Eph. 4:28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.
  • “ full of good works and charitable deeds” (v. 36) – NOTE “ which she did ” (v. 39). Tabitha was not full of “good intentions” but good works “which she did.” made tunics and garments for widows (v. 39) – some of the fruit of her work was in making tunics and garments for widows. She had a talent and used that talent in service to others. POINT: I see many talented women in the Lord’s church today. Sometimes they wonder what can they do for the Lord. I have to wonder if they are awaken to their talents? What are you good at? Why not plan to make something for someone? Why not make a card for a widow? Why not make a visit for a widow? Why not make a meal for a widow? Why not do something? Tit 2:5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good , obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. POINT 2: There is something to say about these widows too. They were grateful for Tabitha’s example, for her person (v. 39). You don’t get the impression that these widows were demanding any charity, they were not the kind of people who sit back with an open hand and had their feelings hurt if someone didn’t pay them a visit. They were a gracious group who sincerely loved Tabitha for who she was.
  • BBE = Bible in Basic English
  • Pr 24:25 But those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, And a good blessing will come upon them. Pr 28:23 ¶ He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward Than he who flatters with the tongue. 1 Tim. 5:20 Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear.
  • 1 Pet. 4:19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.
  • in society good in contact with evil to save Mt 5:13 ¶ "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. Joh 17:15 "I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. In the field - Mt 10:16 ¶ "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
  • We can do so much evil with our bodies – We are given a dash in history to live and with that dash we can live such an evil life, filled with hatred, wickedness, immorality and all kinds of sinfulness. THE FACT THAT WE HAVE THE CAPABILITY OF DOING SO MUCH EVIL SHOULD DRIVE US NEARER AND NEARER TO THE LORD! “ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (Jas. 4:7) If the world stands another 100 years one thing is for sure. . .you will not be standing with it! None who are here today will be. Somewhere your physical remains will be housed, perhaps in a plot of ground. Perhaps they will be scattered upon the sea. . .but you will yet give an account for how you lived upon this earth. “ whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (Jas. 4:14) Your life will vanish, but the record of it will remain. “What is your life?” Is your life good as God defines goodness? Have you obeyed the gospel? That is the beginning of reaching the goodness of God.
  • 6. Fruit of the Spirit - Goodness

    1. 1. FRUIT OF THE SPIRITFRUIT OF THE SPIRIT “GOODNESS”
    2. 2. Galatians 5:22, 23Galatians 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. relationships But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. goodness
    3. 3. Review the “Relationship Fruit”Review the “Relationship Fruit” • Longsuffering – trait of restraint, not acting hastily to retaliate or punish a deed • Kindness – trait of being gentle, easy, mellow so that others feel at ease before you
    4. 4. Defining “Goodness”Defining “Goodness” • Greek agathosune – only used four times in the N.T. – 2Thess. 1:11, “Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power” (cf. Rom. 15:14; Eph. 5:9) – “uprightness of heart and life, goodness, kindness” (Strong’s 19)
    5. 5. • Mas quando agathos se torna a palavra ‘agathusune’, significa ‘bondade’ no sentido de se ‘ser bom para alguém’ A palavra raiz é ‘agathos’, e significa ‘bom’
    6. 6. Esta palavra era usada paraEsta palavra era usada para descrever uma pessoa que eradescrever uma pessoa que era ‘‘generosa, liberal e caridosagenerosa, liberal e caridosa com as suas finançascom as suas finanças.’.’ Chamaríamos a esta pessoa, uma ‘pessoa dadora’
    7. 7. • Goodness & Justice 1. justice – giving a man what is due him (i.e., what he deserves) 2. goodness – giving a man what will help him Defining “Goodness”Defining “Goodness”
    8. 8. What “Goodness” GivesWhat “Goodness” Gives 1. shares material wealth with others 17 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. 18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, 19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. 1 Timothy 6:17-19 (cf. Eph. 4:28) 17 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. 18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, 19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. 1 Timothy 6:17-19 (cf. Eph. 4:28)
    9. 9. What “Goodness” GivesWhat “Goodness” Gives 1. shares material wealth with others *Barnabas* 36 And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus, 37 having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet. ACTS 4 *Barnabas* 36 And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus, 37 having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet. ACTS 4
    10. 10. What “Goodness” GivesWhat “Goodness” Gives 1. shares material wealth with others 2. shares time and talents with others *Tabitha* (Acts 9:36-43) • “full of good works and charitable deeds” (v. 36; cf. Titus 2:5) • made tunics and garments for widows (v. 39) *Tabitha* (Acts 9:36-43) • “full of good works and charitable deeds” (v. 36; cf. Titus 2:5) • made tunics and garments for widows (v. 39)
    11. 11. What “Goodness” GivesWhat “Goodness” Gives 1. shares material wealth with others 2. shares time and talents with others 3. shares strength of heart • Acts 11:22-24 Acts 11:23 (BBE) “Who, when he came and saw the grace of God, was glad; and he made clear to them the need of keeping near the Lord with all the strength of their hearts” Acts 11:23 (BBE) “Who, when he came and saw the grace of God, was glad; and he made clear to them the need of keeping near the Lord with all the strength of their hearts”
    12. 12. What “Goodness” GivesWhat “Goodness” Gives 1. shares material wealth with others 2. shares time and talents with others 3. shares strength of heart • Acts 11:22-24 • may require to give the sting of rebuke to those in error • Isaiah 1:17, “Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow” (Is. 1:17; cf. Prov. 24:25; 28:23; 1 Tim. 5:20)
    13. 13. Galatians 6:9, 10 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. a commitment to the Creator
    14. 14. & • exist together in society (Matt. 9:10- 13) – the good in contact with evil to save (Matt. 5:13; Jn. 17:15) • exists together on the tongue (Jas. 3:9-12) • exist together in the Christian’s field (Matt. 10:16) • exists together in the church (Matt. 13:24-30) – THERE WILL BE A DAY OF SEPARATION (v. 30)
    15. 15. GOODNESS • You are either good or not • You chose whether to be good or not • You choose to bear “good fruit” or not • You decide whether today is good or not • You decide whether today is a good day to do good or not
    16. 16. MATTHEW 3:10 “And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
    17. 17. We can do so much evil with our bodies in this life! OR We can do so much good! OR We can do so much good!
    18. 18. “Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power” 2Thessalonians 1:11
    19. 19. Defining “Goodness”Defining “Goodness” • Goodness is virtue and holiness in action. – It results in a life characterized by deeds motivated by righteousness and a desire to be a blessing. – It's a moral characteristic of a Spirit-filled person.
    20. 20. • The Greek word translated “goodness,” agathosune, is defined as "uprightness of heart and life." • Agathosune is goodness for the benefit of others, not goodness simply for the sake of being virtuous.
    21. 21. • Someone with agathosune will selflessly act on behalf of others. • Confronting someone about a sin demonstrates goodness. • So do giving to the poor, providing for one’s children, visiting the sick, volunteering to clean up after a storm, and praying for an enemy – is agathosune Expressions of goodness are as varied as the Spirit is creative.
    22. 22. Goodness is not a quality we canGoodness is not a quality we can manufacture on our ownmanufacture on our own • James 1:17 says, "Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights." • This certainly includes a life characterized by goodness.
    23. 23. • In letting the Holy Spirit control us, we are blessed with the fruit of goodness. • As others see our good works, they will praise our Father in heaven ( Matthew 5:16).
    24. 24. • Christians are exhorted to do good works, such as teaching and preaching the Word of God, encouraging and serving in various ways within the fellowship of believers. • "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith." Gal. 6:9, 10
    25. 25. Romans 12 has specific teaching regardingRomans 12 has specific teaching regarding Christian conductChristian conduct • "Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality."
    26. 26. • All these actions express goodness, the sterling character of someone filled with the Holy Spirit.
    27. 27. Conclusion:Conclusion: • Goodness is the nature and character of God. • Goodness will declare truth without concern for the consequences. Speaking can appear to be unkind at times, but goodness will say what a person needs to hear not just what they want to hear. But we must be careful to speak in a right way under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. • Goodness always acts in unity with the righteousness of God. • Goodness will produce good works that glorify the Lord. We have been created in Christ Jesus to do good works that reflect the beauty of Jesus in us.

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