Updated: May 13, 2020
The Fruit of the Spirit is a combination of God’s attributes showing through our hearts for our growth and for the growth of others. The Fruit seeks to love, help, and nurture. They also seek justice for what is right for all people and they are firmly rooted. Over the last three weeks, we have talked about love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness. Each attribute growing out of the previous one. The seed that is planted deep in our hearts will, first and foremost, produce love. That love grows in knowing God and his fullness. Joy and peace are grown in Jesus as Savior and King. These attributes reflect on what he has done and will do. They are grown in hope.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Patience and kindness are grown in surrender. That surrender has to be learned before we can move forward in goodness and faithfulness. Goodness and faithfulness sound simple but they are deep and complex. They will hit nerves and shake your world. When we are called to walk in goodness, we aren’t called to just be good. Goodness is kindness in action, it is stepping out and doing what is right for others. Kindness shows us consideration for others before we speak and act. We have to learn to see others where they are, then through that lens, we can do good.
Goodness and faithfulness are grown in taking action. No longer planning but doing. When we see injustice in the world we are called to do good. The Greek word for goodness is agathosune, meaning, showing moral excellence. It is a character trait that causes us to do what is right and beneficial for others. When we do what is right for others first as a Fruit of the Spirit, we are doing what God would do and want. This means having a great passion for truth and hatred of evil.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12 ESV
When we walk in goodness, we walk in the justice God desires, not what we desire. We have to know God’s word to walk in what is good. The Lord calls us to help the poor and stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Doing good can be scary because there is always evil that will try and stop the good. Remember, we aren’t fighting against people, but evil. Scripture reminds us that our fight is with something beyond what we see. Our world is already won in Jesus’ victory. We are able to walk in that victory, knowing he is our King. We are able to see the sin in the world and know Jesus has won and we are waiting in anticipation of His return.
This is hard to remember when we hear hate and see evil. Behind each person’s evil deed is a past, there are demons, there are dark forces. So remember how you have been hurt, remember that ignorance isn’t a choice in most cases. People are the result of their upbringing, the evil they have encountered, and the healing they haven’t received. There are many people who live their entire lives hurt and broken, never healed. We are called to show mercy and do good to the broken. I would consider those who do evil as the most broken.
27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
Goodness takes action. It might be against injustice, it might be helping someone you would never consider worthy of your time. When we grow in the Fruit, our perspectives have to change. Our view of the world and the people in it has to change. We cannot do good when we are wearing the wrong prescription glasses. Our vision is distorted from God’s reality. We have to ask him to give us Heavenly vision.
3 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:1-4 NIV
God brings justice, even if we never see the results. Like the many who have done good before us who lost their lives before they saw the results. God does fight for us, and he asks us in return to do good. That goodness is a Fruit, grown in surrender, actively pursuing the King.
For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’
Deuteronomy 20:4 ESV
Faithfulness is grown in an active response from the heart. The Greek word for faithfulness is pistos, meaning, a firm, and unwavering loyalty and devotion, one who is trustworthy. This faithfulness also grows our obedience to God. When we talk about faith, we are specifically talking about commitment. An active and unwavering commitment to God and to people.
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12: 29-31
In the Old Testament, the law was needed to direct people on how to follow God and how to be as close to him as possible. But the law did not give the people the ability to follow the law. The Holy Spirit in us gives us the ability to know God’s commands and follow them. We were given the Holy Spirit as apart of a new covenant with God. The new Jesus Covenant.
31 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
and with the people of Judah...
33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
after that time,” declares the Lord.
“I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
Jeremiah 31:31 and 33 NIV
When we know Jesus as Lord and Savior, we have to walk by faith. We believe He is fully God and was fully man. We believe Jesus died, paid for our sins, and came back to life. That is a big faith that to some, might seem crazy. His faithfulness is planted in our hearts. That unwavering devotion he showed, God will grow that in us too. When we walk in faithfulness we are people of commitment. Committed to what we believe no matter what. Standing for our faith and what is right. We have to be active in all we do.
11 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 NIV
Our faithfulness is based on an unseen God, shining through his faithful followers. In your life experience, you may have encountered some pretty unfaithful people. God is not like that and the faithfulness He grows in you will be unlike anything you have ever seen. Jesus is our example of the kind of faith we need. Jesus would go out early and pray often, he would pray for people in public places, he was and is fully committed to God’s people.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
Mark 1:35 NIV
Faithfulness, remember, is a Fruit of the Spirit, it is a God thing. Jesus spent abundant time with God. Our faith and the faithfulness we display will also grow in our time with God. This means as his people we aren’t failing when we lack faith. We need to seek him for more faith.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Mark 11:24 NIV
Let us be active in our faith and do good. Let us seek the one who shines through us.
I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.
Philemon 1:6 NIV
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
Proverbs 3:27 ESV
18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
1 Timothy 6:18 NIV
24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.
1 Corinthians 10:24 ESV
Please join us for the next 2 weeks as we study the Fruit of the Spirit.
Mondays will be when our newest blog post and video come out. Each week of this study I will be giving away a Bible journaling Box reflecting the current week's Fruit. To enter to win head over to our Instagram, click here.
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Wednesday mornings I will be hosting an early morning Zoom session to talk about the current Fruit. I will give encouragement, and you will be able to ask questions. This will be at 6:30 am, you will find all the login information in our Facebook group, “Beauty Beyond Eden Bible Study,” click here.
Friday evenings we will have a Facebook live at 7:00 pm. I will be answering questions and wrapping up the week. I will also be announcing the winner of our Bible Journaling Box giveaway. Don't miss it, click here.
Thank You for joining me this week, I appreciate your time and I will be praying that God grows Goodness and Faithfulness in your heart this week.
Founder and Director of Beauty Beyond Eden
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