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  • We are in the middle of the second trio of the fruit of the spirit which deal with relationships. "People know what they want to have, but don't know who they want to be."  This study on the Fruit of the Spirit should show us what we want to be. We should want to be a people of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kind, etc.
  • Chrestotes [khray-stot’-ace]
  • The Redeemed (vv. 1-9) The Chastised (vv. 10-16) The Foolish In Sin (vv. 17-22) The Mariners in Peril (vv. 23-32) The Downtrodden (vv. 33-43) Click for Romans 2:4 text
  • “ Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” (Col. 3:12, 13). To charged to be kind to the ungrateful and evil and to our brethren encompasses a full spectrum of people: everyone!
  • Is my first response to others clothed in kindness? Am I a polymorphic Christian? In other words, do I take on different forms for different days and different circumstances. Do I find myself acting rude and short on one occasion and kind on another? Does my treatment to others depends on weather I woke up on the right side of the bed or not? Do the circumstances of life change me into kind or calloused, bitter or sweet? Are others “at ease” in my presence or “on edge?” Do I make them feel comfortable? Can they draw close to me and draw from me? Do I give some a cold shoulder?
  • Doesn’t mean we tolerate sin. . .Jesus called the adulterous out of her sin of adultery (Jn. 8:11). We should call men to sin no more. Forceful and Bold. I challenge you to find one who is more kind than Jesus? He gave his own life for us. Yet, when men persist in sin and defy the law of God, he would drive them out of the temple and show them exactly the kind of people they were.

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  • FRUIT OF THE SPIRITFRUIT OF THE SPIRIT “KINDNESS”
  • Galatians 5:22, 23Galatians 5:22, 23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. relationships But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
  • Defining “Kindness”Defining “Kindness” • Gk. “chrestotes” (noun) “gentleness” (KJV) – Arndt & Gingrich 1 “goodness, uprightness” 2 “goodness, kindness, generosity” (p. 886) – Vine’s “It signifies ‘not merely’ goodness as a quality, rather it is goodness in action, goodness expressing itself in deeds; yet not goodness expressing itself in indignation against sin, for it is contrasted with severity in Rom. 11:22, but in grace and tenderness and compassion” (p. 165)
  • Defining “Kindness”Defining “Kindness” • Gk. “chrestos” (adj) – "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light" (Matt. 11:30) – "And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better’" (Lk. 5:39) *conveys a mildness, pleasantness, mellowness
  • Romans 11:22Romans 11:22 “Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.” “Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.” “Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.” “chrestotes”
  • “Consider the goodness and the severity of God” –Psalm 107 • The Redeemed (vv. 1-9) • The Chastised (vv. 10-16) • The Foolish In Sin (vv. 17-22) • The Mariners in Peril (vv. 23-32) • The Downtrodden (vv. 33-43) Romans 2:4 “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness (Gk. chrestotes), forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness (Gk. chrestos) of God leads you to repentance?”
  • • God’s Kindness Is Available to All – even the wicked (Lk. 6:35, 36) 35 "But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 "Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. “Consider the goodness and the severity of God”
  • • God’s Kindness Is Available to All – through sending His Son (Titus 3:4-6) 4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, “Consider the goodness and the severity of God”
  • God Calls Us To KindnessGod Calls Us To Kindness • We are challenged to be “kind” to all – to the ungrateful and evil (Lk. 6:35, 36) – to our brethren (Col. 3:12, 13) A FULL SPECTRUM!
  • Kindness QuestionsKindness Questions • Is my first response to others clothed in kindness? • Am I a polymorphic Christian? • Are others “at ease” in my presence or “on edge?”
  • KindnessKindness • Its not as Jewel supposed in “Hands” – “. . .in the end only kindness matters” • Yet, “kindness” does matter! – it is the Fruit of the Spirit
  • Being KindBeing Kind • Doesn’t mean that we tolerate sin – Jesus was kind and compassionate, yet called men out of sin • Doesn’t mean that we cannot be forceful and bold – Jesus was kind and compassionate, yet forceful and bold
  • Being KindBeing Kind • Should make us sensitive to another’s need (Jas. 2:14-18) • Should make us treat everyone the way we want to be treated (Jas. 2:1-13) • Should make us deal with others the way God deals with us
  • “This Christian kindness is a lovely thing, and its loveliness comes from the fact that Christian kindness means treating others in the way in which God has treated us.” (Barclay)
  • Eph. 4:31-32, N IVEph. 4:31-32, N IV • "Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each another, just as in Christ God forgave you"
  • • Kindness starts with caring — being tenderhearted and compassionate toward others. • If God wants us to be kind to animals, how much more to people! (See Proverbs 12:10).
  • Next,Next, • We must make it our goal and habit to be actively looking for opportunities to show kindness. • When we see one, we need to act quickly before the opportunity is gone.
  • • The Greek word for "kind" is chrestos. Part of its meaning is useful, which makes it clear that biblical kindness involves action. "Dear children, let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions" (1 John 3:18, New Living Translation, emphasis added throughout).
  • • Action includes some kind of self-sacrifice and therefore generosity on our part, especially of our time. (That doesn't mean we neglect sufficient rest and whatever is needed to refill our own well.) • Of course, the emphasis on deeds over mere words does not mean words are unnecessary. Action includes words. Encouraging words of comfort, courtesy, compliments and even correction can be heartwarming acts of kindness. Several biblical proverbs attest to this.
  • • What to say and not say should be guided by awareness of the sensitivities of others. We must help people heal from their emotional wounds rather than rubbing salt in those wounds. Sadly, when people know what "buttons to push," they often use that insight to further hurt each other.
  • • Our motive for "charitable deeds" should not be to impress people (Matthew 6:1-4). The greatest rewards from God come when our acts of kindness are done humbly, quietly and, when practical, anonymously.
  • • Doing someone a favor to get a favor in return is not wrong unless it's illegal or unethical (like bribery). But a favor done to get some benefit is not true kindness. Genuine kindness is lending a helping hand when you expect nothing in return.
  • • Kindness should begin with our kin. Ironically and tragically, many people display their most unkind behavior with the ones they should love the most. God is not unaware of this hypocrisy.
  • • And Jesus Christ emphasized that we must be kind to everyone, not just our family and friends (Luke 6:31-34). If you do this, "your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to [even] the unthankful and evil" (verse 35).