Luke 13 Lesson

Kindness

KINDNESS IS A FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

Kindness is an important part of being a Christian.  It is one of the nine virtues known as the Fruit of the Spirit that Paul wrote about in his letter to the Galatians.

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT – GALATIANS 5:22-23

  1. Love,
  2. Joy,
  3. Peace,
  4. Patience,
  5. Kindness,
  6. Goodness,
  7. Faithfulness,
  8. Gentleness,
  9. Self-control. 

Kindness is defined as:

For today’s lesson, we will look at these three qualities of kindness one at a time.

BEING FRIENDLY

Friendliness is contagious!   As others see our smiling faces and our humble demeanor, they are more inclined to smile and be humble themselves.  The effects of our friendliness can be multiplied throughout the day as we interact with more people. 

Every interaction with another soul is an opportunity for us to be friendly to them, and that is a fantastic way to spread the Gospel!  In today’s fast-paced society, taking the time to be friendly to somebody and offering them words of encouragement can go a long way. Remember, people do not care how much you know until they know how much you care. 

BEING GENEROUS

Everything that we have belongs to God.  That is what the Bible teaches, as evidenced by the following three scriptures:

  1. “Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it.” - Deuteronomy 10:14,
  2. “The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,’ declares the Lord of armies.” - Haggai 2:8,
  3. Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and on the earth; Yours is the dominion, Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.” -1 Chronicles 29:11.

If we have something we consider valuable, it is only because of God’s grace!  With that in mind, who are we to be selfish with God's possessions?  Who are we to be greedy with what God has blessed us with? 

Paul wrote in his letter to the Galatians:

  • “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” – Galatians 6:7.

A few years later, he wrote a similar message to those in Corinth:

  • “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” -2 Corinthians 9:6.

The Bible is clear that we are going to reap what we sow.  As followers of Christ, we are to give generously of our time and resources, and we are to do it in a kind, cheerful way.  God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).

BEING CONSIDERATE

 In today’s hypercompetitive world, too much focus is placed on what we can do for ourselves.

  • How much money can we make?
  • How many “things” can we possess?
  • How many vacations can we take?

These are not at all the things that God wants us to be focused on.  Instead, he wants our focus to be on two things:

  1. Glorifying Him,
  2. Serving others (Mathew 22:36-40).

As we glorify God and serve others, the focus needs to be less on us and more on them.  Consider the following two scriptures:

  1. “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” - Philippians 2:3-4,
  2. “Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.” – 1 Corinthians 10:24.

These two scriptures perfectly articulate what it means to be considerate and to put others' needs and feelings ahead of our own.

Imagine how beautiful the world would be if everyone lived by this Christian virtue. When we are kind, friendly, generous, and considerate, we are positioned well to make a difference in their lives which glorifies God.

THE STARFISH STORY - By Loren Eiseley

“Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up, and replied, "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said,
"It made a difference for that one.”

CONCLUSION

Is there something kind that you have been meaning to do for somebody?  A little thing that you have just not gotten around to yet.  Maybe today is the day?  A little act of kindness can do big things with God’s help! 

Just like in the Parable of the Mustard Seed (Luke 13:18-10), with a little effort on our part, God can do amazing things!  

Examples of small acts of kindness might include:

  • A smile,
  • A phone call,
  • Keeping somebody company,
  • A thank you card.

Whatever spiritual gifts we have been blessed with; we are to use them to glorify God and serve others.  We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture from Peter's first epistle that reminds us to do just that:

  • “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” - 1 Peter 4:10.   

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Lee Larsen

Practice showing kindness to all people, but give Jesus all the glory, and while you are at it, invite them to church. It is called PACK and the program is free. It is at work in 114 countries. Your simple act of kindness done for free, accepting nothing in return, is like God's grace, we can't earn or buy it. The Connect Card you share tells that Jesus is the true source of our joy, peace & hope. On the back is your invitation. PACK takes about an hour while out in some predetermined busy place in your community. Love on everyone that comes your way. You will soon realize who is really running the show! Doing PACK builds faith & Kingdom. www.acts18.org

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Dan Wheeler

Well, recently I recounted to my son that I was annoyed with another person but decided to answer kindly. My son said wisely, "You'll never regret being kind." True words indeed.

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Dan

I wish I could hug people who need it. But we’re all being cautious during this time of Covid

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