How to be Clothed in the Fruit of the Spirit–Part Six: Clothe Yourself in Goodness

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So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith (Galatians 6:9-10).

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23).

Welcome to part six of this nine part series. You can click on the links below to catch up on any part of the series that you may have missed.

How to be a Woman who is Clothed in the Fruit of the Spirit:

Intro

Part 1: Clothe yourself in Love

Part 2: Clothe yourself in Joy

Part 3: Clothe yourself in Peace

Part 4: Clothe yourself in Patience

Part 5: Clothe yourself in Kindness

Part 6: Clothe yourself in Goodness

Part 7: Clothe yourself in Gentleness

Part 8: Clothe yourself in Faithfulness

Part 9: Clothe yourself in Self-control

By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence. And because of His glory and excellence, He has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share His divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patience endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone (2 Peter 1:3-7).

Goodness is not striving for perfection; it’s the quality of being good. It’s striving to be like Jesus in every way possible.

 

Why do we need to be clothed in goodness?

Antonyms of good: rotten, detestable, unacceptable, unhelpful, unimportant, fake, immoral, unpleasant, unreliable, sinful.

The opposite of good is evil. Therefore, if you aren’t striving to be good, then you are inching closer to the “dark side” (catch my Star Wars reference?) 😉

But in all seriousness, our world is in desperate need of goodness. We have enough rotten, unhelpful, and immoral people in the world. We need more of Jesus.

We need to clothe ourselves in goodness, so that we can show the world that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). All other avenues lead to brokenness and emptiness, but the narrow road leads to fullness and eternal life with Jesus.

The more we clothe ourselves in goodness, the more we show people that there is light in this dark world.

Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good (Romans 12:21).

 

How do we clothe ourselves in goodness?

  1. Honor God’s standards

  2. Use your gifts for the glory of God

  3. Cling to grace

 

Honor God’s standards

Everyone has a line; a line between what is “right” and what is “wrong.”

The difference between Christians and everyone else, is that we have higher standards to live by.

Here’s what Jesus says:

“Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the Law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved. So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:17-19).

We are called to honor God’s standards. We may not understand all of them, and some of them may be difficult to live out, but our goal is to do the best we can.

With that said, we need to lean on God, and try to be as much like Jesus as we can. The only way we can clothe ourselves in goodness, is to follow in the steps of Jesus.

 

Use your gifts for the glory of God

We are all meant for a purpose. We all have things that we are good at. Each individual person has different skills, talents, or abilities. There are people who are great speakers, writers, and/or singers. There are people who are organized, easy to talk to, and/or good with kids.

Don’t think that you have to be a pastor or a missionary to be used by God. He uses us in our current situations, work places, and in the mundane of life. As well as in other countries and in churches.

So figure what you have a knack for, or what you are passionate about, and use it not in a selfish way, but for the glory of God.

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:14-16).

 

Cling to grace

Obviously, we are not naturally good. We are born as “bad eggs.” We mess up consistently, which is why we must cling to God’s grace.

It’s wonderful to have Jesus as our perfect example. We are able to read our bibles and see how He spoke, His actions, and how absolutely selfless He was.

He is our perfect example of goodness. He was good with people, and used that ability to heal the sick and save many souls. He came as a humble servant to show the true meaning of goodness, and rescue all of us from the pit of our darkness.

What if we showed that same grace and goodness to others?

Though we know that we mess up, and we can never be perfect, we still need to strive to be like Jesus, so that we can be the hands and feet of Jesus. So that we can help win souls for the Kingdom.

God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago (Ephesians 2:8-10).

8 thoughts on “How to be Clothed in the Fruit of the Spirit–Part Six: Clothe Yourself in Goodness

  1. What a wonderful post ,Leah! Clothes in goodness- the One way is to follow God’s standards. I love that insight from you .

    Blessings
    From By His grace girls

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