Goodness is the sixth fruit of the Spirit listed in God’s Word in Galatians 5. It’s a hard one to describe. It certainly includes avoiding bad stuff and staying out of trouble, but it goes much beyond. It is choosing to obey our heavenly Father; it involves intentionally seeking opportunities to do what God says to do. It is seeking to display God’s nature and, specifically, seeking to be holy, even as God Himself is holy.
We have been examining the fruit of the Spirit in school assemblies, learning how each of us is to take deep root in the Spirit by intentionally cultivating the fruit He gives. Here’s a summary of our learning - Love is more than a feeling, it is an action and it is choosing to love with God’s kind of love – yes, a tall and sometimes inconvenient order. Joy comes from the inside out. It comes from cultivating a life with Jesus. We have Peace with God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and we are to now be peacemakers. Patience is trusting that our almighty God is, indeed, in control and that nothing comes to pass that is outside His rule and reign. It involves waiting on God to bring about that good that He promises to all those who love Him and who are the called according to His purpose. Kindness, too, is an action word. It is self-sacrifice for others with no expectation of return. Faithfulness is being true to your word. Always doing what you have committed to doing, being there through the tough situations and not giving up. Gentleness is quietly putting God’s love into action. God desires us to show others what His love looks like through our own gentle actions, responses and words. The final fruit of the Spirit, Self-control is having control over our thoughts, emotions, actions and reactions to people and situations, especially when you’re angry. While it may be hard to exhibit self-control, the Holy Spirit equips each of us with self-control and we are expected to demonstrate it in our lives. Join us for our Friday morning assemblies and study what it means to live by the Spirit and to display the fruit of the Spirit each day.
Let’s look for a moment at the goodness Daniel displayed. As a young fourteen-year-old boy in Judah (about the age of the grade 9 students we know!), Daniel, along with waves of other Israelites, was captured by the mighty and conquering Babylonian army and forced to march 1500km to the capital of Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar carried into captivity all Jerusalem, the captains, the mighty men of valor, ten thousand captives and all the craftsmen and smiths. The captives were forced into slavery in a land known for its power, wealth and cruelty. What joy and elation Daniel and his friends must have known when selected out of slavery for training for the king’s royal service! But along with the privilege came spiritual challenges. Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah were instructed to eat from the king’s table, food strictly forbidden against God’s law. The Scriptures tell us Daniel purposed in his heart not to defile himself. This was true goodness! Daniel very purposely chose not to do what he knew was against God’s law. He chose the good, the right and the holy thing to do. The Lord requires the same of each of us. God brought Daniel into the favour and good will of the chief of the eunuchs. Often times there may not be evident rewards from our King when we choose the right and the holy. Nonetheless, will we have the courage to obey our Master? Let us look to God to help us in each step of our path to do what is good and to cultivate the fruit of goodness in our lives. Well after these events in Daniel’s young life and living under another king of Babylon, the Scriptures describe the eighty-year-old Daniel as faithful, with no error or fault found in him. Daniel, throughout his life, chose the good, the right and the holy. As he followed God and obeyed His ways, let us, too, walk in the Spirit and cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
We invite you to please join us in our assemblies and learn along with us. We’d love to have you!
Submitted by Janet Davis, our senior class and French teacher. We appreciate her guiding us through understanding about the fruit of the Spirit, Goodness!