The Fruit of The Holy Spirit “Goodness, Faithfulness” 

Part 4 of 5  By Norman Watson

When we are faithful we discover His goodness and then realize that both “Faithfulness and Goodness” come from him through the Holy Spirit and it is not of ourselves. The song below “Take my life/ Holiness” by Scott Underwood is a prayer, “faithfulness” is part of this prayer song, 

“Faithfulness, faithfulness,

Is what I long for,

Faithfulness is what I need.

Faithfulness, faithfulness

Is what You want from me.”

We all can relate to this prayer because if you are a follower of Jesus your hearts cry is to be “faithful”.

 Dietrich Bonhoeffer said “It matters little what form of prayer we adopt or how many words we use. What matters is the faith which lays hold on God, knowing that He knows our needs before we even ask Him. That is what gives Christian prayer its boundless confidence and its joyous certainty.” And Rick Joyner said “We often think of great faith as something that happens spontaneously so that we can be used for a miracle or healing. However, the greatest faith of all, and the most effective, is to live day by day trusting Him. It is trusting Him so much that we look at every problem as an opportunity to see His work in our life. It is not worrying, but rather trusting and abiding in the peace of God that will crush anything that Satan tries to do to us. If the Lord created the world out of chaos, He can easily deal with any problem that we have.”

We are to be faithful at all times regardless of what we hear, see or feel. Jesus tells us to follow His example and to obey His teachings. Listen to Jesus as He speaks to you today “Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me. ” John 14:23-24 we show our love to Jesus by obeying Him and being faithful.

Think about it God the Father knew that mankind was hopeless and lost, on our way to eternal fire and torment, BUT because of His great and incomprehensible love He sent His ONLY Son to rescue mankind “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16, Jesus also loved us with an incomprehensible love, “No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”  John 10:18 

Now because of the Father and the Son’s incomprehensible love, the Holy Spirit is given to us to give us life “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life” John 6:63 and the “Fruit of the Holy Spirit” to not only strengthen and nurture us but to offer that fruit to others, we are given so much to share and show others but along with that comes responsibility and accountability.

When we meet Jesus what will He say to you? 

Take my life/ Holiness – Scott Underwood

https://youtu.be/pxfALK8xunw

Holiness, holiness

Is what I long for,

Holiness is what I need.

Holiness, holiness

Is what You want from me.

Faithfulness, faithfulness,

Is what I long for,

Faithfulness is what I need.

Faithfulness, faithfulness

Is what You want from me.

Righteousness, righteousness

Is what I long for,

Righteousness is what I need.

Righteousness, righteousness

Is what You want from me.

Take my heart and form it,

Take my mind transform it,

Take my will conform it

To Yours, to Yours, oh, Lord.

The Fruit of the Spirit 

By R.T. Kendall

But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. —Galatians 5:22–23, AMP.

Goodness means, simply, being good, being decent, showing unselfishness. It’s when we make an effort to do something helpful. We often use the expression “That is good of you to do.” It is the opposite of being bad, wicked, or immoral. 

Luke says of Barnabas that he was “a good man” (Acts 11:24). For a human being to be called “a good man” in Holy Writ, you may safely mark it down that Barnabas was unusual. Those who knew Barnabas held him with such respect that when all were keenly suspicious of Saul of Tarsus—even after Saul’s conversion—Barnabas was able to cause others to accept him (9:27). The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch when Barnabas was around (11:26).

When I first went to Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville in 1953, I remember going to a store to buy something. I realized I forgot to bring money. The manager of the store said, “Did you say you were from Trevecca?” I responded in the affirmative. “Then you have good credit here. We all know those people are good.” What a reputation! 

Faithfulness means being trustworthy, being loyal, having integrity. A husband who is faithful is one who avoids sexual activity with another woman. Yes, a faithful man, who can find? Take loyalty, for example. I have come to the conclusion that there is no way one can know in advance whether a person will be loyal. I know of no test one can take, no question put in an interview, that will help you determine whether a person will be faithful. A leader needs an assistant who will be loyal; a wife needs a husband who will be faithful; a wealthy person needs someone around him or her who not only has wisdom but also will be trustworthy.

In any case, the fruit of the Spirit results in a person having the rare quality of integrity. Think about this for a moment. A person who follows the Holy Spirit will not cheat, lie, or betray. Yet, sadly, many church leaders today are discovered to be lacking in financial integrity or sexual faithfulness. Whatever else this indicates, it shows that such a person lacks the fruit of the Holy Spirit. If all Christians consistently obeyed the Lord by showing the fruit of  the Spirit, there would be no unfaithfulness, sexual immorality, disloyalty, or mistrust in the church!