One of the most generic and non-descript words in the English language is the word “good.” About the only specific thing we can take from this word is that it describes something that isn’t bad or unpreferable. It simply gets us above the zero-line. One of the things the Spirit produces in our lives is goodness. This fruit of the Spirit has a more specific meaning in the passage than it does in the modern vernacular. It is the Greek word “agathosune.” We can think of this goodness in two ways. First, it is an inherent goodness. It is a goodness that goes to the core. It’s not a rich oak veneer over chinsy particle board. It is solid, through and through.
Second, this is a goodness that applies to all situations. It applies goodness appropriately to each situation. When we look at Jesus’ life, we see goodness when he rebukes the Pharisees and when he welcomes little children and blesses them. It is goodness applied rightly to all circumstances. A few verses before the list of spiritual fruit, Paul says this: “Live by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” The only way to express goodness is by allowing the Spirit to direct you in each circumstance. So let me challenge you to express goodness by living by the Spirit today. With each situation that arises, what would God have you do?