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The Fruits of the Spirit – Kindness and Goodness

Galatians 5:22-26

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

82015 RayWe’re starting back up this week examining the Fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5 – today we will deal with the fifth and sixth fruits listed – kindness & goodness.

What do you think of when you hear the words kindness and goodness?  A few verses before the Gifts of the Spirit are listed in Galatians 5 we read the following words.

Galatians 5:6 – For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

When I think of kindness and goodness – I think of the heart of Christ.  It is often contrary to my heart.  I am not by nature a mercy person.  I can express mercy – but only because of the grace of God – it isn’t from my natural fabric.  The heart of God – the heart of Christ is seen best – for me – in the following passage.

Philippians 2:1-5 – 1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

If we have any tenderness and compassion – we are to be like-minded with Christ – showing kindness and goodness to others.  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Thinking of others first is what comes to mind when I think of kindness and goodness.  It may not be part of our natural fabric – but it is what we are to strive to be – being like-minded with Christ.  Asking ourselves over and over – What Would Jesus Do?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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October 12, 2015 - Posted by | Build, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

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