The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit – What Is Kindness? In today’s world of entitlement, self-promotion, and virtual relationships, many people have forgotten what it means to be kind to one another. However, as for Christians, who are called to become like Jesus Christ, the Bible says, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31–32). Apostle Paul told the Ephesians to put away six sinful attitudes and behaviors: bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander, and malice. Bitterness is an inward frame of mind that refuses to forgive. Here, wrath and anger are combined to refer to violent outbreaks of uncontrolled human outrage. Clamor speaks of shouting and loud quarreling. Slander means evil speaking, and the Greek word translated as “malice” means wickedness.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to keep away bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and malice from our relationships with others. In place of these things, disciples of Jesus Christ are to put on kindness, tenderheartedness, and forgiveness. The original Greek phrase rendered “be kind to one another” literally means “keep on becoming kind toward one another.” The graciousness of God, which is also found in Jesus Christ, teaches us what it means to be kind to one another. Because God acts kindly toward us, we are to behave the same way toward others. And because Jesus Christ offered grace as the basis for our forgiveness, so too should we. Thus, being kind to one another is not optional for Christians (Micah 6:8; Zechariah 7:9; 1 Peter 3:8).
The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit – What Is Kindness?
Love brings about kindness. Jesus Christ in John 13:34 says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Walking in love means following the example of Jesus Christ. Apostle Paul in Ephesians 5:1-2 says, “imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.” Likewise, Apostle Paul reiterated in Colossians 3:12-14: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
Apostle Paul reiterated the teaching on kindness to the Colossians by listing several virtues that believers in Christ are to clothe themselves with or “put on”: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, and love. It’s clear that these all have to do with personal relationships. It is worth noting that compassion and kindness are closely linked. Compassion can be defined as “heartfelt sympathy or empathy toward those who are suffering or in need.” Likewise, kindness is the helpful spirit that sees someone else in need and is motivated to respond through good deeds. Kindness is the tangible action that results from compassion. Note that kindness goes beyond mere words, it translates into helping and serving one another (Acts 28:2).
More on what you should know about kindness
Kindness is one of the attributes of the Almighty God (Titus 3:4), one of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), and one of the proofs of a faithful minister of the Holy Gospel (2 Corinthians 6:6). As Christians, embracing kindheartedness or being kind to one another is how we show love: “Love is patient, love is kind” (1 Corinthians 13:4). Being kind to one another involves caring for others, bearing their burdens, and valuing them as we value ourselves (Romans 12:10; Galatians 6:2; Philippians 2:3). Kindness motivates us to speak life and encouragement to others instead of death and discouragement (Proverbs 16:24; Ephesians 4:29; 1 Thessalonians 5:11). Likewise, expressing support and affirmation instead of condemnation is characteristic of kindness (Proverbs 15:4).
Being kind to one another means a lot. Being kindhearted or showing kindness to one another leads us to forgive rather than blame, to show mercy rather than hatred, and to care rather than despise. Kindheartedness is reflected in God’s Holy nature. This statement is best explained in God’s supreme act of kindness that provided for our forgiveness and salvation when He sent His Son to die for us on the cross: “Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?” (Romans 2:4; see also Romans 11:22, and Titus 3:4–7). As God’s children, we are to reflect His nature of love and kindness to one another.
What does the Bible say about how you should treat others?
Behold, the Bible says much about human behavior and how we should treat each other. There are thousands of specific directions for doing so, but they can all be summarized in what we know as the Golden Rule. In Matthew 7:12, Jesus Christ said, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” As per the Golden Rule, when we treat others as we want to be treated, we will be kind, honest, trustworthy, and loving. We all need love, compassion, kindness, honesty, forgiveness, and care from other people, so we should be equally concerned with giving those things to other people. When the Almighty God first gave the Law to Moses, He included hundreds of instructions about the way the Israelites were to treat each other (Leviticus 18:3; 20:23; Deuteronomy 18:9).
The Israelites were immersed in a world that was violent, godless, and wicked. When God chose them to be holy people, set apart for Himself, He was very specific about what was allowed and what was forbidden (Isaiah 41:8–10; Deuteronomy 7:6; Exodus 19:6). When asked about the greatest commandment, Jesus Christ replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” In other words, all the Laws that God had given to Israel could be summarized in two commands: love God above all else, and love your neighbor as you love yourself. Doing these two things is obeying the Law of Moses and the Teachings of the Prophets.
What is brotherly kindness?
2 Peter 1:5-7 is one of the few places in scripture that uses the term brotherly kindness, although many more passages in the Bible discuss the idea: “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.” These character qualities can be considered steps of spiritual growth. Apostle Peter continues by telling us why these character traits, including brotherly kindness, are so important: “For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter1:8).
What is lovingkindness in the Bible?
Lovingkindness is a word found in older, more traditional versions of the English Bible, such as the King James (KJV) and the New American Standard (NASB). The Hebrew word most often translated “lovingkindness” is checed, which literally means “covenant loyalty.” Most newer English translations of the Bible substitute more common English words such as faithfulness, unfailing love, mercy, or good favor. All of these are viable substitutions, but, as with many Hebrew words, checed has no exact match in English. While lovingkindness can describe one person’s actions toward another(Genesis 20:13; 21:23; Joshua 2:12), it is most often used to describe the character of the Lord God Almighty (Exodus 20:6, 34:6–7; Deuteronomy 7:12; 2 Chronicles 1:8; Psalm 31:16).
Five (5) times Jesus Christ taught us about kindness
The Bible recounts a lot of stories about Jesus’ Ministry. He healed the sick and performed astonishing miracles. However, what we often fail to see are the lessons that He is trying to teach us through those acts. It’s important for us to remember that Jesus Christ is one of the greatest teachers. He used parables and stories to teach us about the Kingdom of God. But His greatest method is teaching by example. The deeds of Jesus Christ taught us about many Christian values, such as kindness and compassion. He raised children from the dead out of pity for their parents and accepted disciples from all walks of life. Most important of all, Jesus Christ sacrificed His life to save us. Below are some Bible stories in which Jesus Christ is teaching us about kindness:
1 – Healing the Leper (Matthew 8:1-4)
Matthew 8:1-4 says, When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
In Jesus’ time, lepers were considered outcasts because of the communicability of their disease. They lived separately and were seen or considered as “unclean” and “untouchable”. With this in mind, Jesus took pity on the leper and healed him of his disease. As a matter of fact, Jesus Christ didn’t see the man as a leper but as a human being or God’s creature who was sick and needed his help. Through this act, Jesus Christ taught us that kindness should go beyond social stereotypes. We should feel for others as we feel for ourselves. We should learn to understand the circumstances that others are in and as well learn to love them as we love ourselves. In support of this, Mother Teresa said, “If you judge people, you have no time to love them”.
2 – Dining with a sinner (Luke 19:1-10)
Luke 19:1-10 says, Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was. But because he was short, he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, ...”
Would you be willing to dine with an ex-convict, a known sinner? While some of us would have hesitated, others would have clearly refused. Although Zacchaeus may not be a convicted criminal in our eyes, in the eyes of the Jews, he might well be. Records hold it that in Jesus’ time, tax collectors would often abuse their powers to line their pockets with the people’s hard-earned money. Yet, Jesus Christ did not hesitate to dine with one of such. Behold, He didn’t care if other people will see Him associating with a sinner. Likewise, He didn’t care if people will hate Him for it. Brethren, this is the kind of kindness that the world needs today. As Christians, we should stop seeing people for the wrongs they’ve committed. Instead, we should welcome them on how they try to right those wrongs and turn their life around.
3 – Preaching to the Gentiles (John 4:4-14)
John 4:4-14 says, Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” …”
One of the biggest problems in the world these days is xenophobia. But we discover that this prejudice against foreigners has been going on even in Jesus’ time. The Samaritan woman is a foreigner and in the eyes of a Jew, she is a gentile. These two races don’t associate. As a matter of fact, it’s frowned upon to talk to a gentile. Therefore, by preaching to a Samaritan woman, Jesus Christ broke societal boundaries and taught us that kindness is universal. Thus, we shouldn’t be kind only to those of our own race. Everyone deserves compassion regardless of their skin color, actions, and/or religious beliefs.
4 – Showing compassion to the sick (Luke 8:40-48)
Luke 8:40-48 says, As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
From this story, it’s clear that Jesus Christ could have reprimanded the woman for touching him. But He didn’t. Since women didn’t have a lot of rights in those days, He could have “put her in her place.” Yet, He chose not to. Instead, Jesus Christ called her daughter – a term of endearment. He understood her troubles and desperation, which led her to do what she did. Note that at the moment of the action, the woman was fearfully trembling. It’s possible that because of her illness, she wasn’t treated well by the people around her. But can you imagine the relief she felt when Jesus Christ showed her love, kindness, and compassion instead of reproach? It’s clear that this single act of kindness changed the woman’s life.
5 – Forgiving those who hurt Him (Luke 22:47-52)
Luke 22:47-52 says, While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.
Even in the face of imminent death, Jesus Christ still found it in Him to heal the man who arrested Him. Even while hanging on the cross, He still managed to ask His Father to spare the people who’ve hurt him because they don’t know what they are doing. As Christians, forgiving those who have done us wrong is one of the greatest acts of kindness that we can do – not only for others but for ourselves too. By so doing, we give our enemies the chance to redeem themselves and ourselves the opportunity to heal.
The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit – What Is Kindness?
Galatians 5:22-23 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.“
Ephesians 4:32 – “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Luke 6:38 – “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
John 13:34 – “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.“
Luke 6:27-31 – “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.“
Group 1 – The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit – What Is Kindness
1 John 3:18 – “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”
Acts 20:35 – “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
John 15:13 – “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
1 Corinthians 13:4 – “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant.”
Romans 12:10 – “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 – “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; …“
Group 2 – The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit – What Is Kindness
Galatians 5:22 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”
1 Corinthians 13:13 – “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
Romans 12:9 – “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.“
1 John 4:12 – “No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.”
Ephesians 4:2 – “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,”
Matthew 25:34-40 – “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? ...”
Group 3 – The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit – What Is Kindness
Colossians 3:12-13 – “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”
Hebrews 13:5 – Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Romans 2:4 – “Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?“
Colossians 3:12 – “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,“
James 1:27 – “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
Ephesians 2:8-10 – “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.“
Group 4 – The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit – What Is Kindness
Proverbs 19:22 – “What is desired in a man is steadfast love, and a poor man is better than a liar.”
John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
1 Timothy 6:11 – “But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.”
Ephesians 2:7 – “So that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.“
1 John 4:16 – “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”
John 13:35 – “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Luke 6:35 – “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.“
Group 5 – The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit – What Is Kindness
2 Corinthians 6:6 – “By purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love;“
1 Corinthians 13:2 – “And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”
1 John 4:18 – “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”
Acts 28:2 – “The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold.“
Acts 14:17 – “Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”
1 Corinthians 4:1-5 – “This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.“
Group 6 – The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit – What Is Kindness
Hebrews 6:10 – “For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.“
1 John 4:8 – “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.“
Isaiah 54:10 – “For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.“
Micah 6:8 – “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?“
1 Corinthians 12:7 – “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”
Hebrews 13:1-25 – “Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” …“
Group 7 – The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit – What Is Kindness
1 John 4:9 – “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.”
Psalm 117:2 – “For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!“
Isaiah 54:8 – “In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer.“
Psalm 31:21 – “Blessed be the Lord, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city.“
Titus 3:4 – “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,“
Matthew 5:43-48 – “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? …“
Group 8 – The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit – What Is Kindness
Psalm 141:5 – “Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness; let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it. Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.“
2 Peter 1:7 – “And godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.”
Hebrews 13:17 – “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.“
Galatians 6:9 – “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
Hebrews 12:12 – “Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,”
Hebrews 13:2 – “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Group 9 – The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit – What Is Kindness
1 Thessalonians 5:13 – “And to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.”
Ruth 3:10 – “And he said, “May you be blessed by the Lord, my daughter. You have made this last kindness greater than the first in that you have not gone after young men, whether poor or rich.”
Romans 11:22 – “Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.“
John 15:9 – “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.”
1 Samuel 20:15 – “And do not cut off your steadfast love from my house forever, when the Lord cuts off every one of the enemies of David from the face of the earth.”
Genesis 40:14 – “Only remember me, when it is well with you, and please do me the kindness to mention me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house.”
1 Peter 2:3 – “If indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.“
Group 10 – The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit – What Is Kindness
Joshua 2:12 – “Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that, as I have dealt kindly with you, you also will deal kindly with my father’s house, and give me a sure sign.”
1 Peter 5:5 – “Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Matthew 5:7 – “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.“
2 Corinthians 8:7 – “But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.“
Joel 2:13 – “And rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.”
2 Samuel 9:7 – And David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always.”
Group 11 – The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit – What Is Kindness
1 John 2:5 – “But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:”
1 Samuel 15:6 – “Then Saul said to the Kenites, “Go, depart; go down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them. For you showed kindness to all the people of Israel when they came up out of Egypt.” So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.”
Romans 15:30 – “I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf,“
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 – “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.”
Matthew 22:37-38 – “And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.”
Group 12 – The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit – What Is Kindness
Proverbs 25:22 – “For you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.”
Jonah 4:2 – “And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster.”
Psalm 119:76 – “Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant.”
Matthew 24:12 – “And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.“
Acts 1:1-26 – “In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” …“
Group 13 – The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit – What Is Kindness
Genesis 21:23 – “Now therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my descendants or with my posterity, but as I have dealt kindly with you, so you will deal with me and with the land where you have sojourned.”
Genesis 20:13 – “And when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, I said to her, ‘This is the kindness you must do me: at every place to which we come, say of me, He is my brother.’”
1 Samuel 20:14 – “If I am still alive, show me the steadfast love of the Lord, that I may not die;“
Psalm 103:1-18 – “Of David. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. …“
Group 14 – The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit – What Is Kindness
1 John 4:10 – “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
Ruth 2:20 – And Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “May he be blessed by the Lord, whose kindness has not forsaken the living or the dead!” Naomi also said to her, “The man is a close relative of ours, one of our redeemers.”
1 Timothy 4:12 – “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.“
1 John 3:6 – “No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him.”
1 Peter 1:7 – “So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Colossians 3:13 – “Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”
Group 15 – The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit – What Is Kindness
Proverbs 31:26 – “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.“
Nehemiah 9:17 – “They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them.”
Matthew 25:40 – “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’“
Acts 9:36 – “Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity.”
Matthew 22:40-41 – “On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question,”
Proverbs 15:1 – “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Group 16 – The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit – What Is Kindness
2 Samuel 2:5 – “David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh-gilead and said to them, “May you be blessed by the Lord, because you showed this loyalty to Saul your lord and buried him.“
2 Samuel 2:6 – “Now may the Lord show steadfast love and faithfulness to you. And I will do good to you because you have done this thing.“
1 Kings 2:7 – “But deal loyally with the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be among those who eat at your table, for with such loyalty they met me when I fled from Absalom your brother.”
Jeremiah 9:24 – “But let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”
2 Samuel 16:17 – And Absalom said to Hushai, “Is this your loyalty to your friend? Why did you not go with your friend?”
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