The Fruit of the Spirit is GOODNESS. Our background photo for today was taken deep down in the utter darkness of a lava cave in central Oregon. In much the same way, humanity has been plunged deep down into the utter darkness of sin. But look! … LIGHT is piercing down through the darkness! Jesus is LIGHT! * John 12:46 – “I have come into the world as a LIGHT, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” The LIGHT of Jesus shines deep down into the utter darkness and changes us! The Holy Spirit fills us with the very LIGHT of Jesus! The Holy Spirit fills us with GOODNESS! * Ephesians 5:8-10 – ”For you were once darkness, but now you are LIGHT in the Lord. Live as children of LIGHT (for the fruit of the LIGHT consists in all GOODNESS, Righteousness and Truth).” The fruit of the LIGHT is GOODNESS … Righteousness … Truth! How is it possible to shine GOODNESS, Righteousness, Truth when we are in such utter darkness?? … surrounded and constantly inundated by badness, wickedness, and lies?? God helps us! God equips us! · “May the God of peace … equip you with everything GOOD for doing His will...” - Hebrews 13:20-21 · “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every GOOD work.” -2 Timothy 3:17 The Sword of the Spirit (which is the Word of God) will produce the Fruit of the Spirit GOODNESS!