The Fruit of the Spirit is GOODNESS. Yesterday we considered how that originally everything in our world was Very GOOD! But as we look at the world around us today, everything is not GOOD … heartache, pain, suffering, brokenness, anger, hate, rage, injustice. What happened?? Mankind chose to reject God. Mankind chose to reject God’s GOODNESS. And as a result, our Very GOOD world was plunged into darkness … much the same way our background photo today shows a road plunging into a dark tunnel! · “God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. Everyone has turned away, there is no one who does GOOD, not even one.” - Psalm 53:2-3 There is nothing good in us at all! We are all plunged into the utter darkness of sin! But God, in His great GOODNESS has not abandoned us! God, in His great GOODNESS has provided as way to restore us and make us GOOD once again. Titus 2:11-14 – “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is GOOD.” Jesus Christ died to take away all of our badness and sin. God removes the bad from our lives, and in replacement, the Holy Spirit fills our lives with the very GOODNESS of God Himself! The Fruit of the Spirit is GOODNESS. God forgives and takes away our bad; and in replacement the Holy Spirit fills us with God’s GOODNESS!