Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness and Goodness

The fruit of the Spirit is kindness and goodness. These two words are synonyms. There is a little difference in the meaning that can be found in the attitude of the person doing the action. Sometimes kindness can be selfish.  Some is motivated by divine love.  As an example lets look at an everyday occurrence.

Have you every heard of a random act of kindness?  I think we’ve seen (maybe even done) these in life.  A man in a fast food drive thru pays for the food behind him.  Holding a door for stranger at a bank.  Offering a smile to someone who looks like they are having a bad day.  If you’ll notice in these examples there isn’t alot of time, money, or effort that needs to be exerted.  One thing that isn’t as obvious is that these acts may seem random at first glance, but they are not.  There is no such thing as luck or chance when it comes to our God.  We know that he prepares good works in advance for us to do.  He controls all things for his kingdom.

The kindest thing you can do for someone is to share your Savior.  We talked about this in our message from Sunday – No Fear of Outreach.  The best way to understand who our God is, is not by looking at the fallen sinful world around us.  That can actually be confusing.  Look to Jesus if you want to see what our God is really like.  Jesus helped the poor and the sick.  Jesus fed the hungry.  The most important action he did was to give up his life that we might be forgiven.  All of the other problems of this world pale in comparison to our need for forgiveness.  Jesus was the only one who could do that.

Want to hear more?  Watch this week’s lesson from our Bible study- Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness and Goodness.

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