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Summary: This is the fifth sermon in this series on the fruit of the Spirit. It deals with Kindness. 1. Be SENSITIVE 2. Be SUPPORTIVE 3. Be SYMPATHETIC 4. Be STRAIGHTFORWARD 5. Be SPONTANEOUS

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Fruit of The Spirit – Kindness

Showing Kindness

We have been working our way through the virtues of the Fruit of the Spirit. Our focal verse for this series is from the book of Galatians where it says:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Gal 5:22-23 (NASB)

Today we are going to look at kindness.

Putting On A Little Kindness

Colossians 3:12-13 says:

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.” Col 3:12-13 (NASB)

Notice the words “put on”. That is what the Greek word literally means – “put on”. What Paul is saying here is that when we wake up in the morning we ought to get dressed spiritually and emotionally as well as physically. When we wake up in the morning and decide what to wear we should ask ourselves, “What kind of attitude am I going to put on today?” Paul says kindness is a choice. It is something we can choose to “put on” every day.

Kindness is “love in action” – a practical expression of love. It is visible and active – not just emotional.

But why should we be kind? After all – kindness is kind of risky. If we are nice to someone they might think, “Why is this person being so nice? What’s in it for him?” On the other hand if we are kind to people they might try to take advantage of us. So kindness is kind of risky.

Despite the risks we are to be kind for two reasons.

First, we are to be kind because God is kind to us. Romans 2:4 says:

“Do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” Rom 2:4 (NASB)

We should not think lightly of God’s kindness to us. He has shown us kindness – tolerance – patience in order that we may seek Him and come to Him. Therefore – we should be kind because God is kind to us.

The other reason we should be kind is that we want people to be kind to us. We want to be treated right. Jesus said: “

"In everything treat people the same way you want them to treat you…” Mat 7:12 (NASB)

Another way of saying it is:

"Do for others what you would want them to do for you.” (ERV)

If you are rude to other people they are going to be rude to you. But if you are kind, most people will want to respond the same way.

What does it mean to be a kind person, and how can we become kinder? Let me suggest five characteristics of a kind person.

FIVE WAYS TO BE KIND TO PEOPLE

1. Be SENSITIVE

First, kind people are sensitive to others. They are aware of the needs of those around them. So become aware of the needs of those around you. Tune in to them. Kindness always starts with sensitivity. Philippians 2:3-4 says:


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