By God’s power, followers of Jesus can treat others with kind actions, good motives and a gentle spirit. In part 6 of Soul Construction: The Fruit of the Spirit, Pastor Dan Cox reads from Galatians 5:22-23.
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Kindness focuses on our actions; Goodness should describe our motives; and Gentleness should describe the manner in which we handle people.
Goodness is uprightness in character that does the right thing for the right reason, namely a desire to please God and express God’s love to others.
Gentleness is meekness—power under control—that treats others with tender sensitivity and humbly endures unkindness and injury with patience.
What Does the Bible Teach About Kindness, Goodness and Gentleness?
- The LORD is good (Nahum 1:7)
- Gentle words promote peace (Prov. 15:1)
- Kindness meets human need (Ruth 2:19-23)
- Kindness will be richly rewarded (Luke 6:27-36)
- God will express His kindness to you forever (Eph. 2:4-7)
- God created you to do good works (Eph. 2:10)
Applying the Text
- Are your actions kind?
- Are your motives good?
- Is your manner gentle?