Fake Goodness

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Fruit cannot just look good it should taste good. Somewhere along the process the fruit of the spirit should reflect more than just an inner man change. The quality of goodness has a transparency to it. Here we see the glory of God starting to shine forth. We are beginning to transition from the apparent to the inherent.

Ask yourself this; what is the difference between a good person and a good Christian? Doesn’t it come down to the difference between self-glory and God glory? If glory is the essence of who God is in the person of Jesus Christ, then at some point we need to shine forth His light. Perhaps goodness can be seen as keeping the lamp lens clean to allow the light to shine as brightly as possible without casting the shadows of dirt, sin.

Ephesians 3:16-19a That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ,

Comprehend with all saints, to show and know such a great love.

Fake Gentleness

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

When I think about gentleness I think about grace. Grace isn’t something that comes naturally to me. I’ve had to work at it. That isn’t something that sounds like a fruit of the spirit, human effort. I have to say that all outward appearance result from an inward change. The inner man may see the need to exhibit grace, the need can develop desire and desire can spur one into action.

The issue here is about what is of God and what is of man. The spirit working in us causes us to change. A new creature has to develop a new nature. It is cooperative. Agreeing with God is just one step. Allowing God to do with work in us without trying to shortcut the process means we have to patient. Perhaps this is why longsuffering comes before gentleness.

In nature fruits are produced in different climates and seasons. Some take longer and require more watering than others. Sometimes the branch has to grow to support the weight of the fruit. The observation of spiritual fruit of gentleness might require the acknowledgement by the inner man that he truly has changed. To God be the glory, not self.

Outwardly to those around you gentleness is received and they do not concern themselves with how and why it exists. But to me, the inner man, to me it does matter. Praise be to God in all things.