Summary: A series on the Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness
Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Momma and the Toast A Sunday School teacher asked her class if they knew the difference between kindness and loving kindness. One little girl said she knew the difference. She told the teacher that kindness is like when you ask your mother for some toast and she gives it to you, but loving kindness is when you ask your mother for some toast and she gives it to you with butter and jelly on it.
And that’s the way God is. God, in his loving kindness, is an exceedingly generous giver. He doesn’t just give you some blessings, but He gives some blessings with some butter and jelly on it. That’s why the bible says that “He daily overloads us with benefits” David says “He anointeth my head with oil, my cup runneth over.” God says “Bring your whole tithe to the store house and I will open the windows of heaven and pour you out blessings you won’t have room to receive.”
Titus 3:4-5 (NIV)
4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,
5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth (regeneration) and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
Kindness God has shined down on me...
Kindness: Let that shine thru me
Kindness: Jesus shines thru me
John 4 (NIV)
3 When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
4 Now he had to go through Samaria.
Now you could say, that geographically Jesus had to go thru Samaria, but the reality is many Jews avoided Samaria at all costs
5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
6 Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?"
Everyone needs to receive the light of God
And everyone needs to let that shine thru them
I believe that this Fruit of the Spirit is a key component
To leading people to the Lord
I want to challenge everyone here today
To seek to develop this fruit in their life
And I believe God can and will use you to be a light in others lives
Avoid Traps That Steal Your Kindness
Titus 3:9 NIV But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.
There are always traps set
By the Enemy to fall into the wrong spirit
And lose the Kindness that God has put in our Spirit
When dealing with people
There are always traps set by the Enemy
Here for us to become argumentative to a fault
If you’ll notice
Jesus is able to stand on the Word of God
Without falling into the trap of an argument
And maintaining a kind spirit
It is possible to disagree without losing your temper
And being able to confront something while being kind
Remember when Jesus is being tempted in the desert
Satan is tempting Jesus to lose His temper
Trying to take him off track
At one point he even says
“IF thou art the Son of God”
Jesus doesn’t lose his temper
Doesn’t become Argumentative
Doesn’t fly off the handle
Doesn’t get taken off track
“He could’ve said, What are you talking about!?? You don’t believe I’m the Son of God!?? Well here’s this BOOM POW WHAM”
But that’s exactly what the Tempter wanted Jesus to do
He wanted to take Him off track
He wanted Him to lose His temper
Instead Jesus just said
It is written, It is written, It is written
He just stood on the Word of God
Maintained a right spirit about Himself
And therefore avoided the traps of the Enemy to lose his control
#1 Hurdle For Kindness
People Who Are Different Than You
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. )
She was surprised
We are different, we aren’t supposed to get along
Jews don’t like Samaritans Samaritans don’t like Jews
Why are you being kind to me?
She brings Gender and Race up
I am a Samaritan, which is in our culture seen as lower class
And I am a Woman, which is seen as lower class