Desire Fruit, but Crave the Vine.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

craving fruit more than the vine

Goodness, agathosune, Strong’s #19: goodness, as described by the adjective agathos good (Strong’s #18) meaning being good in its character (God’s character)or constitution, is beneficial in its effect(Fruit of the Holy Spirit). It is used in the N.T., of regenerate persons (Romans 15:14, Galatians 5:22).

Referred to in Gal.5:22 as goodness, but the English word is inclusive of particular graces whereas Paul must refer to a particular grace. It is more than chrestotes (5544), a mellowing of character. It is character energized by expressing itself in agathon(18) active good.

There is more activity in agathosune than in chrestotes, which is potential agathosune which is energizing chrestotes.

A person may display his agathosune, his zeal for goodness and truth in rebuking, correcting, chastising. Jesus’ righteous indignation in the temple (Matt.21:13) showed His agathosune, but not His chrestotes, mellowness.

Agathosune does not spare sharpness and rebuke to cause good, agathon, in others whereas chrestotes demonstrates only its softness and tenderheartedness.

The fruit of the Holy Spirit is grown by Him. He desires us to crave after Jesus not just His fruit.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 05:09:08

    Thank you for answering my question, Manny.

    Agathosune is another of the words that you’ve shared that I’ll try and remember. Of course, if I ever forget (which is often) I can come to your blog.

    A very interesting post.

    God’s blessings…


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