By Pastor Phillip Amankwa
“But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.”
You can hear many people say that somebody is a good man, or woman. But goodness as a fruit of the Spirit is something very different. There are good unbelievers like there is good in everybody. But why must you bear fruit? The Bible says, in Isaiah 61:3, that “and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” If you plant a mango tree and it does not bear fruit, it is a useless mango tree. It is the same with believers. When you give your life to Christ, Jesus is expecting a fruit from you. One day Jesus went to a tree, expecting to see fruits on the fig tree. But because there were none, He cursed the fig tree. Jesus expects us to bear fruit. He expects us to bear goodness. But this goodness does not come on your own. It comes with the help of the Holy Spirit.
In Exodus3, Moses told God to reveal Himself more to him, to allow him to know Him more and to get close to Him. And in Exodus 34:5-6, God did just that. The Bible says, “Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,” When God was revealing Himself, one of the words He used to make Himself known is that He was a good God. In the Old Testament, nobody was called good except for God. It was reserved only for Him. One day a man came up to Jesus and called Him ‘good master.’ Jesus was quick to say, “Call no man good. Only the Father in heaven is good.” That means that as human beings, in your natural falling state, you can never be good. If you give somebody money, that does not necessarily mean you are good. It is only a path to goodness. That is why when a man is not born again, he cannot bear this fruit. The day you give your life to Christ, the day you let the Holy Spirit come into your life, He gives you the power to bring forth the fruit of goodness. That character of God can be displayed in you.