Summary: As we continue our series on the fruit of the Spirit, we see that the fruit of the Spirit is kindness. Have you tasted the kindness of the Lord? Is His kindness flowing through you into the lives of others? Let’s examine this further and consider what kindness is, why it is so crucial, and how God wants us to be kind.
1. A. Some one has defined kindness as love taking action. How do we see this in the following Scriptures? (1Corinthians 13:4, Ephesians 2:4-7).
B. How else do we see the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us? (Romans 2:4, 5:8, Titus 3:4-7).
C. Since God is unconditionally kind towards us, what should be our response? Discuss ways we can be kind to others who are ungrateful and evil towards us. (Luke 6:35).
2. A. Kindness is so important for the following reasons. What are they? (2Chronicles 10:6-7, Titus 3:14, 1John 4:7).
B. How should we understand the phrase, “everyone who loves is born of God and knows God?” (2Corinthians 5:17, 21, 1 John 5:1).
C. Most people respond well to kindness when we make the effort. What are some practical ways that we can demonstrate the kindness of God to others as well as to meet pressing needs? (Titus 2:13-3:2, 1John 3:16-18).
3. A. How then can we develop kindness in our hearts as a way of life? (John 15:4-5, Galatians 5:22, Titus 3:8).
B. Who was the greatest example of kindness to others, and how was it motivated? What were some of the ways such kindness was expressed? (Matthew 9:36-10:1, 15:32-37, Mark 1:40-41, 6:34, John 11:32-36).
C. It is Him; this is the God who wants to demonstrate His compassion and kindness to others through you. Are you willing to let your heart be broken for others? (Eph. 4:32, Colossians 3:12-15).