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The Heart of God – Kindness and Goodness

Galatians 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Life ChangeOur Tuesday morning and evening Bible studies are just amazing. If you are available at 10:30 am or 7:00 pm and in the Laurel area – please stop by. In these Bible studies – we’re into the Book of Acts – sometimes called the Acts of the Apostles. We have been reading about the power of God – God the Holy Spirit – as the early church was being birthed.

As we have gone thru this study – some questions have been raised that made me think about preaching on the Holy Spirit. So – beginning in November – we will preach a series on the Holy Spirit. Stay tuned!

Today’s passage is about the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. What do you think of when you hear the words kindness and goodness? A few verses before the fruit of the Spirit is 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:

This is the very passage I think of when I think of the heart of God. Thinking for a moment of the fruit of the Spirit – I am reminded that when I strive to live these in fullness – I am getting closer to the heart of God. 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?

In the discussions and debates the United Methodist Church is facing these days – an anointing of the Holy Spirit is what we need. I pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit to come upon the church and upon the delegates to the 2020 General Conference in May 2020. We need to show more tenderness and compassion. We need to love one another – even if we end up in different places theologically – or even in a new or different denomination.

Come and join us for Bible study on Tuesdays at 10:30 am and/or 7:00 pm in the fellowship hall of our church. We average 30-35 sisters and brothers each week (we had 47 this week) – gathering together to better understand the Word of God. Join us – you’re welcome any time.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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