by Dennis Marquardt

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Kindness Is Love's Conduct (5 of 9)
Series: Fruit of the Holy Spirit
Dennis Marquardt
Galatians 5:22; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; 2 Peter 1:3-10

INTRO: In a ''dog eat dog'' society the concept of ''kindness'' has taken a back seat. New studies have shown that Americans are losing their civility. And of course, it is always someone else that fails to express kindness, consider the following:

ILLUS: Percentage of Americans who:

- Think incivility is a serious problem: 89%.
- Think mean-spirited political campaigns are to blame: 73%
- Think rock music is to blame: 67%.
- Think talk radio is to blame: 52%.
- Think their own behavior is uncivil: 1%. - U.S. News and World Report (4/22/96). Leadership, ''To Verify.''

Kindness expressed is looked upon suspiciously today … it is tragic that such an important aspect of God's power can be viewed by the world as suspicious!

ILLUS: Our pastor was organizing an evangelistic outreach using small acts of kindness to demonstrate Christ's love. He phoned several neighborhood grocery stores and laundromats for permission to do specific services.
On one call, the employee who answered the phone hesitated, then said, ''I'll need to ask the manager, but first, let me make sure I understand: You want to clean up the parking lot, retrieve shopping carts, hold umbrellas for customers, and you don't want anything in return.''
''Yes, that's right,'' our pastor replied.
After disappearing for a moment, the employee returned to the phone. ''I'm sorry,'' he said, ''we can't let you do that because if we let you do it, we'd have to let everyone else do it, too!'' - Ann Jeffries, Kansas City, Kansas. Christian Reader, ''Lite Fare.''

This quality however is a must for the Spirit filled Christian! We are not ''kind'' to get something back from others but because it is God's nature in us to be kind to others. ''…LOVE IS KIND…'' (1 Cor. 13:4)

PROP. SENT: Godly kindness can powerfully transform the world of both sinner and sai ...

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