October 17 – Fruit of the Spirit Study: Goodness

This month we are studying the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23. The Holy Spirit is busy in our hearts growing these fruits as an outward display of our growing relationship with God. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). An example SOAP from our team is below today’s Bible reading. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP or thoughts on the verse. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Goodness – Galatians 6

Doing Good to All

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Not Circumcision but the New Creation

11 See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!
12 Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh. 14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. 16 Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to the Israel of God.
17 From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.

SOAP Note

Doing All the Good | Dyea Rowland

Scripture

Galatians 6:9-10

Observation

God is good, and He has called us to be good in the world. Funny how this was written by a man who not only hated Christians but killed them; not necessarily what we would call good, right? But Jesus, meeting Paul right where he was, showed him a better way, the good way. Paul was doing all the good as he was put in prison, beaten — yet he never stopped telling people about the good news and living it out in his life.

Application

Oh my, thank You for meeting me right where I was too…and continue to, over and over and over. I do not do good all the time, and I know my “good” meter goes down when I am beaten, bruised, worn, and tired. I’m tired, but I never want to stop doing good; I want to endure this race with everything I’ve got. You once again have given me encouragement to keep doing all the good.

Prayer

Father, I have been entangled in all kinds of ugly, mostly feelings and lies that I have allowed in. These things have kept me from the true goodness of You. You have called me out, repentance took place, and You have set me free. Glory to You,it was You doing all the good. In Jesus’ name…Amen.

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