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Fruit | Week 5: Kindness

A few years ago, a movement began that encouraged people to commit random acts of kindness. A secular approach to being like Jesus – I’m all for it. The hard part is that like so many of the attributes of Jesus, we cannot act in kindness because someone has earned or deserves it. Kindness often requires some degree of self-sacrifice. If it’s easy or takes no effort, are we really showing kindness? It is something we do, not because it is effortless, but because it will positively impact another person. And just maybe, “they will see our good deeds and praise our Father in heaven.”

READ Titus 3:4-5a

 

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy….

READ this passage again and consider these related questions.

 

Why do you think love and kindness are linked in this verse?

 

How would you describe the kindness of God?

 

What is it that makes us deserving of God’s kindness?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

 

Read Colossians 3:12-14

 

1. Several aspects of the fruit of the Spirt are referenced here. Do you think kindness is a more or less prominent characteristic?

 

2. Verse 12 begins by describing who we are in Jesus, why is that important to rest of the passage?

 

3. How might kindness be a direct reflection of the kind of love that leads to unity?

 

Read Romans 11:22

 

4. Compare God’s sternness to his kindness?

 

5. What is the relationship of faith/belief to God’s kindness?

 

6.  What does it mean to “continue in his kindness”?

 

7. Why should God’s kindness to us result in our kindness to others?

 

8. How is kindness a picture of the Gospel in Romans 2:4?