07 February 2021 (am) – Galatians 5:16-26 – KINDNESS
|Andy Bruins preaching from Galatians on Sunday 7th February 2021.|
The fifth part of the fruit of the Spirit is Kindness.
Christian Kindness is another virtue that goes much further the version that is found in the world. We all recognise a kind act as an act that does something nice for another person, but God calls us to something more robust as He grows this fruit in the hearts of His people.
Our Kindness is to be modelled on the kindness that God has shown to us, which we see clearly portrayed at the cross.
In kindness God takes on flesh and meets our deepest need, demanding nothing from us in payment as He gives His life for us on the cross.
Here’s a brief definition:
“Kindness is the ability to serve others practically even though it costs, because I have a deep inner security.”
Q Some of the opposites and counterfeits of this fruit are envy, manipulation, self-congratulation and superficial tolerance… what do these look like and why are they harmful?
Q Read Ephesians 4:31. What must we first get rid of if this fruit is to grow in us?
Q Read v32. What is to be the model for the kindness that we show to one another?
Q Read Titus 3:3-7. How does Paul describe himself in v3? What changed him? What are the ongoing results?
Q How does a deeper understanding of what God has done for us in Christ produce this fruit in us? How can you get a deeper understanding the kindness of God?