Good means 1. of high quality; 2. of somewhat high but not excellent quality. Goodness means the state of being good.
Goodness is not just being good at something, it’s being like Jesus. It’s doing things that are morally correct in a genuine way that shows our likeness of Jesus to others, it’s shining the light of God to others. The Word tells us when we say “I want to be good” you are really saying you want to be like Jesus.
Jesus was goodness, we, as believers, are to walk like He did. Jesus tell us, ““Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12 ESV. Believing in Jesus, knowing He died for our sins, makes me want to do the good works He did. I know that He is within via the Holy Spirit, giving me the power to do good.
Luke tells us in 6:45 ESV, “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
With the Holy Spirit in our hearts, with the Word of God on our lips we can produce good. If we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us will can produce good works by teaching and preaching the Word of God, by serving others.
Goodness is very similar to kindness but we put the emphasis on moral values – values that can be seen by others. “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we doe not lose heart. Therefore, we have an opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household faith.” Galatians 6:9-10 ESV. During this study, this verse stood out to me… “let us know grow weary while doing good”. There have been days in the very recent past where I have felt at my wit’s end, though I have been praying, it seems that I’m not reaching those who I want to reach with my preaching. I feel as if for every step forward there is two steps back, yet God’s Word tells me do not grow weary “for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart”. Once again, I will obey knowing that God knows what He’s doing.
Roman 12 ESV teaches us how to conduct ourselves as Christians, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. …” All of these actions express goodness, they show the character when we are filled with and led by the Holy Spirit.
While kindness is the soft side of good, goodness reflects the character of God.
Goodness in you desires to see goodness in others and is not beyond confronting or even rebuking (as Jesus did with the money changers in the temple) for that to happen.
Being good is living the way God intended us to live. The Word is clear on what God wants us to do, He created us so He knows what’s best for us. When we live according to God’s word we are living according to His will. Living His will we are living a good life.
Does your life reflect the holiness of God, and do you desire to see others experience God at a deep level in their own lives?