Kindness and goodness - fruit of Spirit, what is the difference?
Galatians 5:22-23 (NASB)
22 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against
such things there is no law."
Kindness from the Greek -chrē-sto-tēs'- χρηστότης
Is having real interest for the well being of others and expressing it, in deeds and words
Some examples of kindness in the scriptures.
Acts 9:36 (NASB)
36 "Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated
in Greek is called (Dorcas); this woman was abounding with deeds of
kindness and charity which she continually did."
Ephesians 4:31-32 (NASB)
31" Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be
put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another,
tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has
Acts 16:14-15 (NASB)
14 "A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple
fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; [a]and the Lord opened her
heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul. 15 And when she and her
household had been baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged
me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and stay.” And she
prevailed upon us."
Goodness however involves a lot more.
Goodness - "aga-tho-sy-ne"- ἀγαθωσύνη "
The Greek word," aga-tho-sy-ne - ἀγαθωσύνη " translated in English " goodness", it is the nearest word in the English language , unfortunately it does not do justice to the Greek word. The Greek word has a much richer meaning , it does no only mean good , but also having moral excellence, in the sense of having no wickedness, rottenness, badness or having evil thoughts .Goodness , being "aga-thos" , is expressed in the doing of good towards others , but more so in what we are- having a good character.
Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words -Good, Goodly, Goodness
[ A-1,Adjective,G18, agathos ]
Describes that which, being good" in its character or constitution, is beneficial in its effect; it is used
Uses of the words "Good" and "Goodness" in the scriptures.
Jesus refuses to accept the title of "Good Teacher"- a-ga-the - ἀγαθέ, Jesus certainly has the quality of "Good", yet, He acknowledged that only God is " good" in the absolute and perfect sense.
Mark 10:17-18 NASB
The Rich Young Ruler
17 "As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt
before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit
eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No
one is good except God."
In the following verses "Goodness" has the qualities of graciousness , compassion , loving kindness , and forgiveness.
Exodus 33:18-19 (NASB)
18 "Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!” 19 And He said,
“I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim
the name of the Lord before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will
be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.”
Exodus 34:6-7 (NASB)
6 "Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The Lord,
the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding
in loving kindness and truth; 7 who keeps loving-kindness for
thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will
by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of
fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and