A Study of the Fruit of the Spirit
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness” (Galatians 5:22).
“Goodness” is a moral quality—it is a virtue—that describes a character whose heart has been molded toward positive, trusting feelings toward others and whose behavior toward others is peaceful and benevolent. It envelopes several of the other qualities named here as the fruit of the spirit.
Complete “goodness” is a trait we can associate only with deity; yet we are taught here and in other scriptures to exhibit goodness, that is, active benevolence, toward others if we are manifesting the fruit of the Spirit.
The trait of goodness begins inside of us—it requires that we have a sincere heart and a genuine interest in the well-being of other people. And then it is manifested outwardly as we interact with others and treat them well..