Kindness & Goodness

Beth Moore in Living Beyond Yourself introduced kindness and goodness together, as two fruit that go hand in hand. And ever since going through her study years ago, I have seen this truth played out again and again! I realize this verse below seems a bit random to include in this study, but let’s dive in.

I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.

Matthew 10:16

In the context of the fruit of the Spirit, we’re likely familiar with ‘kindness’. We desire kindness from others, praise the Lord for His kindness towards us, and know the value in showing kindness to others. We also fully realize that our showing kindness is easiest when it’s an outpouring of His kindness in us!

Kindness is vital to our nature and to living in the freedom we have in Christ! Showing kindness truly reflects who Jesus is and is one way we put His love into action. As mentioned in the verse below, it’s interesting to see kindness listed with justice and righteousness.

but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 9:24

When it comes to goodness, I’ve seen a variety of definitions and applications presented around this fruit. Maybe it’s because the word ‘good’ is so overused in our world and definitely can have a broad meaning. And while I completely support and agree with an emphasis of being and doing good through His Spirit, the ‘goodness’ listed in Galatians 5 might be a little more specific. Various translations of this fruit point more towards virtue, benevolence, accountability, obedience, and righteous living. All these word associations are in fact good of course, but ‘goodness’ might not always feel good! Bearing the fruit of goodness might involve some toughness. In goodness, we sharpen, rebuke, and even correct, believing we are better together. So as with all fruit, goodness should come from the Vine and be Spirit-led.

Goodness is best understood when considered, compared, and contrasted to the quality of kindness.

Beth Moore, Living Beyond Yourself

Kindness paired with goodness are powerful, life-giving fruit! If each are separated, kindness could be interpreted as purely ‘feel good’ while goodness could be interpreted as purely ‘do good or else’!

So let’s revisit that first at the top about snakes and doves. As we remain in the Vine, bear fruit, love God and others, and burn bright, we must cling to both kindness and goodness, just as He has called us to be innocent as doves and shrewd as snakes. We must show kindness and be pure of heart and be virtuous and pursue righteousness. We must settle into the balance and stand firm, dancing to the rhythms of His grace on His holy ground!

Video Note:

Hey, Friends! I’m trying to enhance my audio with these videos, so you’ll notice the sound is a bit different. Bear with me as I figure out the highest quality approach to make the most of our worship-filled workouts! The music in this workout is not as loud as in the past. Feel free to access Spotify and play the playlist as loud as you’d like along with me! Just search ‘Holy Barre – Yahweh *’

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