Goodness – One of 9 Fruits of the Spirit


Goodness Defined

Goodness is the selfless desire to be open hearted and generous to others above what they deserve. [Rose 16]

Webster defines goodness as “the moral qualities which constitute Christian excellence or moral virtue.” It is doing “acts of kindness” or showing “mercy” to another.

Goodness in Action

“The Holy Spirit produces one kind of fruit, that is, Christlikeness. Goodness is kindness shown to others. To see goodness in action, we have but to read Luke 10:30-35.” [MacDonald 1924]

“Jesus answered, ‘A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. By chance a certain priest was going down that way. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side.”

“In the same way a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side.”

“But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled, came where he was. When he saw him, he was moved with compassion, came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the host, and said to him, ‘Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.’” (Luke 10:30-35 WEB)

Foundational Thoughts on Goodness

“Goodness is closely related to kindness (Romans 15:14; Ephesians 5:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:11). It speaks of the idea of doing good deeds and being generous. Paul later says, ‘do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith’ (Galatians 6:10 ESV).” [Platt 2264]

“Moral and spiritual excellence manifested in active kindness. Believers are commanded to exemplify goodness.” [MacArthur 1676]

“Paul changes the figure from works in verse 19 to fruit as the normal out-cropping of the Holy Spirit in us. It is a beautiful tree of fruit that Paul pictures here with nine luscious fruits on it.” [Robertson 313]

“Paul exhorts us to not use our liberty as an occasion to the flesh, but by love to serve one another. Goodness, which shows itself in a readiness to do good to all as we have opportunity.” [Henry]

“In giving the Galatians a character portrait of the godly life, the apostle Paul was also giving the Galatians a portrait of the Holy Spirit! The character traits produced in the Christian are the traits of the Spirit. These are the same character traits of Christ Jesus, and of God the Father.”

“God’s nature is what is being replicated in the person who believes in Jesus and seeks to be led by the Spirit. The fruit that is born in the believer’s life is fruit that the Spirit produces. It is not fruit that can be manufactured by the believer’s will, intellect, desire, or effort. It is fruit that is produced as a person ‘walks in the Spirit’ and seeks to be led by the Spirit.” [Blackaby 58]

“A person is good when he is willing to help others in their need.” [Luther 167]

“This fruit is spiritual in nature. It truly is fruit of the Spirit. In other words, circumstances do not affect the heart that is controlled by the Spirit. As an example, goodness, the application of God’s love and care in practical ways for the benefit of others.” [Blackaby 58]

David Speaks of His Goodness

“Surely goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.” (Psalm 23:6 AMPC)

“Oh how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have worked for those who take refuge in You, before the sons of men!” (Psalm 31:19 WEB)

“O taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” (Psalm 34:8 NASB)

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” (Psalm 136:1 NASB)

“The Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works.” (Psalm 145:9 NASB)

 Walking in His Goodness

“The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him.” (Nahum 1:7 NASB)

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8 NASB)

“Let’s not be weary in doing good, for we will reap in due season, if we don’t give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let’s do what is good toward all men, and especially toward those who are of the household of the faith.” (Galatians 6:9-10 WEB)

“For it is better, if it is God’s will, that you suffer for doing well than for doing evil.” (1 Peter 3:17 WEB)

Goodness Quotes

This is true faith, a living confidence in the goodness of God. ~Martin Luther

Do not look for evil. Look for the goodness of God all around you. As you look for signs of His Presence, many more opportunities will occur for you to bless people and share God’s true nature. ~Graham Cooke

Grace is not reserved for good people; grace underscores the goodness of God. ~Andy Stanley

Enrich your soul in the great goodness of God: The Father is your table, the Son is your food, and the Holy Spirit waits on you and then makes His dwelling in you. ~St. Catherine of Siena

God is God. He knows what he is doing. When you can’t trace his hand, trust his heart. ~Max Lucado, Grace for the Moment

The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us. ~C.S. Lewis

The very first temptation in the history of mankind was the temptation to be discontent…that is exactly what discontent(ment) is – a questioning of the goodness of God. ~Jerry Bridges

When we are broken because of increased hardship, we simply have to trust in the goodness of God. ~Steve Farrar

Blessings and Prayers for Goodness

Lord, we desire to “Walk as children of light, for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth, proving what is well pleasing to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:9-10 WEB)

“To this end we also pray always for you, that our God may count us worthy of our calling, and fulfill every desire of goodness and work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in us, and us in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 WEB)


Daniel is a man above reproach who encourages all of us to follow his example Daniel: A Man Above Reproach – Strength with Dignity

And there is encouragement to endure through times of testing Friends of Daniel: Times of Testing – Strength with Dignity


Psalm 23:6, 31:19, 34:8, 136:1, 145:9; Nahum 1:7; Micah 6:8; Luke 10:30-35; Galatians 6:9-10; Ephesians 5:9-10; 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12; 1 Peter 3:17


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14 thoughts on “Goodness – One of 9 Fruits of the Spirit”

  1. I love this: “open hearted and generous to others above what they deserve” – oh, how I want to be good like that, to better act in love to all God’s children, the easy to love and the hard! Thanks for sharing this encouragement that it’s just not those “deserving” goodness that should receive our goodness! Shalom, Lisa! ~ Maryleigh

  2. God’s goodness is one of my favorite traits about him so I’ve loved reading this post, Lisa! I’m so thankful his goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life.

  3. Lisa, I loved reading about God’s goodness in your post. It’s the theme of my gratitude journal that I have been working on all day. The timing was impecable. It was a good way to end my day. Plus, it was nice to run across some of the same verses and quotes I included. Thank you for sharing with Grace & Truth Link-Up. Maree

  4. Lisa, such an informative post! I like the way you contrast goodness with kindness-the Bible speaks about them in different ways and we should take heed to how the Holy Spirit leads. I truly like, “God’s nature is what is being replicated in the person who believes in Jesus and seeks to be led by the Spirit.” What do we want other people to see in us?

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