In the previous post, I gained the understanding that believers who bring forth good fruit possess distinct characteristics that set them apart. They speak good things;  are known for their faithfulness to God;  spend time with the Lord, like Mary;  are good stewards of their possessions and are known to be good people.

As I read further on the usage of the word “kalos”,  I tried to apply the meanings to the believer who brings forth good fruit. Here are some possible meanings:

  • they do good works for the Lord, sparing no expense, like Mary did when she anointed the Lord’s feet with expensive ointment (Mk 14: 6)
  • the individual brings a pleasing flavor with his/her life to any environment, just as salt brings flavor to food (Lk 14: 34)
  • the individual is like the good (kalos) shepherd, caring and protective of others (Jn 10: 14)
  • In Romans 12: 17, Apostle Paul told the Roman believers to be honest (kalos) in the sight of all men, rather than returning evil for evil (or being spiteful). The believer who brings forth good fruit is not vindictive, but forgiving.
  • Paul used the word kalos in 1 Cor 7: 1, 8, 26 to refer to sexual purity.  This believer is sexually pure.
  • Honesty is another trademark of the believer who brings forth good fruit as applied from Apostle Paul’s exhortation in 2 Cor 8: 21 and 2 Cor 13: 7.
  • Good fruit believers never get weary doing good, as seen in Apostle Paul’s  exhortation in Galatians 6: 9
  • He/she holds fast to good things (1 Thess 5: 21).
  • He/she knows how to fight a good (kalos) warfare that destroys strongholds of the kingdom of hell (1 Tim 1: 18).

 

Hope that you were encouraged!

 

REFERENCES

http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?strongs=G2570&t=KJV&page=2

http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?strongs=G2570&t=KJV&page=3

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