According to Galatians 5:22, goodness is one of the fruits of the Spirit. That means that God's people are supposed to be good. That's probably the most difficult attribute on the list for us to understand, for two very different reasons:
1. "Good" seems like such a weak virtue. When we use the word "good" we usually mean a lesser version of "great." "How was the movie?" "It was good...but not great." In contrast, Luke 18:18-19 shows that Jesus took the word "good" seriously. It described God's character.
2. Many of us feel that we are no good. We've bought into the Devil's lie...we're convinced that the only reason God hasn't wiped us from the face of the earth is that we're not important enough even for Him to notice. But the Word of God says something very different (See Genesis 1:27, Ephesians 2:10, 2 Corinthians 3:18).
This Sunday, we'll talk about what it truly means to be good, and why goodness is what we were made for.