June 6, 2018WOFCF Bible Study Explosion
Fruit of the Spirit Series – Part 5 of 9, Kindness (Gal 5:22-23)
As a result of more people being impatient, having short fuses, and with everyone always being in a hurry, many people have lost the ability to treat others with kindness and respect. A kind word, a kind action to people can really do wonders for them. When you really study the life of Jesus in the New Testament, you can really tell how kind He always was with other people in His dealings with them.
This evening, we will continue with our discussion on the why it is so essential for Christians to have kindness and apply this act in their lives, even during prevailing times. We will continue with our Fruit of the Spirit series with Kindness. Keep in mind, all of our Adult Bible Study lessons are ‘group-discussion’ focused and not ‘lecture-focused.’ So if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to share your thoughts with us. So, let’s get going with this teaching…we’re in for a good ride!
In the New Testament, however, that we find some especially significant emphases for Christian faith in practice. Here the meanings "kind" and "kindness" can be richly discerned. Thus, serves as a reminder that it is the rich kindness of God that leads people to repentance. In this passage, we learn that God's kindness is accompanied by his forbearance and patience, while serving as further illustrations of the depth and breadth of God's kindness. Kindness thus provides for that first necessary step…repentance, which then leads to a person's salvation. As believers grow in their Christian life, which in turn is experienced via God's kindness, they should deeply desire to grow in the knowledge of God's Word (). Indeed, those who have experienced God's gracious kindness in being saved through Christ Jesus have the rich heritage of eternal life (). As saved by grace and beneficiaries of God's kindness Christians are not only greatly blessed (), but must be aware that they are "his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works prepared beforehand so we may do them" (). This entails a continuing process of reflecting God's kindness in their Christian life (). Thus believers are to allow the fruit of the Spirit to be active in their lives. We should "be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you" (). With tender hearts of kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, we should support one another and allow God's loving-kindness through Christ to work itself out in us. The word-pair "kind/kindness" is concerning the necessity of Christians to love one another as though they were family members. In treating a fellow believer kindly, a Christian treats another Christian as he or she would a member of his or her own family, with all that full family membership entails. Rather than "biting" or "devouring" one another (), those who claim Jesus' name would do well to remember Paul's injunction concerning family love (). Here are some of the different definitions of what real kindness is all about: 1. Quality or state of being kind 2. The steadfast love that maintains relationships through gracious aid in times of need 3. Goodness of heart, serviceable, good, gracious, pleasant 4. Love for mankind, hospitality, acts of kindness, readiness to help, human friendship, benevolence, taking thought of others 5. Goodness in action, sweetness of disposition, gentleness in dealing with others, affability 6. The ability to act for the welfare of those taxing your patience What are your thoughts? As you can see from some of these different definitions, this is a very beautiful quality to have transmitted up into our souls or personalities by the Holy Spirit. Not only will we be able to touch others with this godly quality, but we will also feel so much better about ourselves if we can learn how to treat others with much more kindness and respect in our daily dealings and affairs with others. Next week, we will continue with our Fruit of the Spirit lesson series.