But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Galatians 5:22 (NKJV)

Goodness is the sixth attribute of the fruit of the Spirit.

The Greek word for goodness is agathōsynē, which means generosity to others' well-being. It is the attitude of devoting extra time, exerting extra effort, or going the extra mile to help those in need. This is why when we say God is good, we are referring to His generosity to us. In this, God holds nothing back from us and will go to any length to save us, even if it means the death of His own Son, Jesus.

God wants you to be generous with your life because you belong to Him, not just with your money or time. This may appear difficult and out of reach if you have not learned to surrender everything to God. The truth is that you have nothing to lose by giving yourself to God, but you have everything to gain by withholding nothing from God.

Proverbs 22:9 says: “The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor." God rewards those who are generous because they truly reflect His character. A generous spirit enables you to do more for others while never feeling deprived. This is due to the fact that God's economy differs from ours. It's like the boy who gave Jesus five loaves of bread and two fish and was left with twelve baskets full of leftover food. Or the widow of Zarephath, who shared her last meal with the Prophet Elijah, after which God blessed and provided for her and her son miraculously.

Generosity begins with what is in your heart, not in your hands. Start with what you have and work your way up. If you feed on the truth of God's generosity, you will grow a generous spirit. The more you learn to give — and give generously — the more opportunities God has to make you a blessing.