Try A Little Kindness
Take God's Word and turn please to Galatians chapter 5 and verse 22 and uh let us read together what God says. He's speaking here of the fruit of the Spirit. And he says, And the fruit is love. And we brought a message on that. Then he says, The fruit of the Spirit is joy. And we brought a message on that. Then he says, The fruit of the Spirit is peace. And we thought together about that. And then the fruit of the Spirit is longsuffering or patience. And we dealt with that. And now we come to what the Bible says in the King James Version, The fruit of the Spirit is gentleness, gentleness. Uh, in some translations it is given kindness. The fruit of the Spirit is kindness. That's what we're going to be talking about f Try a Little Kindness. President George Bush was inaugurated as the President of the United States, and everybody was waiting to hear what kind of a challenge he would give to us as a nation. And do you know what his challenge was? To be a kinder and gentler nation. And I thought, What a challenge. For the President of the United States to say to the greatest nation on earth, the need is kindness. The need is gentleness. But, my dear friend, that's not just the need of America, or the need of Bellevue Baptist Church. That's the need of your home and of your life. Oh how we need kindness. I agree with the little girl who prayed, O God, make all the bad people good, and make all the good people nice. Now, we have a lot of people who are good, but they just learn, need to learn how to be kind. What is kindness? Let's talk about kindness. What is the word kindness here in Galatians chapter 5 verse 22, also called gentleness? Well, it comes from a root word which means to be useful, to be good, to be helpful, or to be suitable. That's what it literally means. It is translated sometimes uh goodness, sometimes tenderness, sometimes friendliness, sometimes generosity. But actually I think all of us know what kindness is when we see it. Let me tell you really what kindness is. Kindness is love in shoe leather. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians chapter 13 and verse 4, Love is kind. And so, all kindness is just simply love in practical and personal ways. That's what kindness is. That is the what of kindness. Now, let me tell you why we ought to be kind. And I want to mention very, three reasons why we ought to be kind. First of all, because God has saved us through his kindness. God has been so kind to us. Think of these scriptures. The first is found in Titus chapter 3 verses 4 and Titus verses 4 and. After that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness that we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us. Do you know what the Bible calls the coming of Jesus Christ into the world? God's kindness toward us. You have been saved by the kindness of God, and therefore, the apostle Paul says in Ephesians chapter 4 verse 32 to those of us wh ...
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