Believe Series – session 27 Kindness and Goodness

George Methodist Church

Believe series

8am and 10am

With Peter Veysie

CHAPTER 27

Kindness/Goodness

RAK video

1 Peter 3:8-17

 

8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 11 They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

As we list the attributes in these verses (e.g. sympathy, love, compassion, humility) we see they are necessary for us to exhibit the goodness of God in our lives.

 

KEY IDEA

I choose to be kind and good in my relationships with others.

 

 

KEY VERSE

Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. –

1 Thessalonians 5:15

  1. What’s the difference between kindness and goodness?

Kindness is more about our attitude and goodness is more about the things we do for others.

Kindness starts with caring – being tenderhearted and compassionate toward others.

We should be actively looking for opportunities to show kindness.

 

Let’s look at the words for “kind” and “good” in the Bible’s original languages to see the full meaning.

Hesed is the primary Old Testament Hebrew word for “kindness.” God’s kindness toward us is one of an adopted child. He shows us the same love and kindness one would show to a biological child.

Hesed is loyal love, in it over the long haul.

 

Kalos is a Greek word translated as “good” in the New Testament. It refers to an outward, aesthetic beauty (e.g. in nature).

 

In Galatians 5:22 – 23, Paul uses two other Greek words. Chrestos (translated as “kindness) and agathos (translated as “goodness”)

 

What does the word “good” mean in the first chapter in the Book of Genesis.

 

Some people are born with a kind, gentle personality. This may come naturally to them. But others have to lean on the power of the Holy Spirit to help them be nice.

When the Bible speaks of goodness as a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 5:9), it doesn’t simply mean that a person is a model citizen, polite, respectful, tolerant, and just nice.

 

In order for us to be good like God, we need to be more than nice. We need to be holy and righteous. We need His righteousness because our niceness is not what God wants for us, we must share the goodness that is Christ’s and God’s by faith in Him.

 

To experience the fruit of the Spirit called goodness is to show holiness of God through a transformed heart ruled by Jesus Christ. s 15:14).

 

  1. Goodness in Ephesians 4 and 5:

 

Chapters 4 and 5 of Ephesians give specific ways goodness is to be expressed in our lives, beginning in 4:25 which begins to list what goodness is:

 

Speaking truthfully, not sinning in our anger, not stealing but doing something useful, building up one another with our conversation, getting rid of all malice and being kind, compassionate, forgiving, imitators of God and Christ, living lives of love.

 

Goodness keeps us from lives of sexual immorality, impurity, greediness, disobedience, and fruitless dark lives.

 

Even if someone is naturally kind, that doesn’t mean that they are using this good nature to do the work of God.

The fruit of the Spirit is developed in us so we can show God’s nature to the world around us.

 

  1. GOODNESS is in God’s nature.

 

The excellence of goodness is summed up in what is referred to as the Golden Rule:

“In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12). In other words, we treat others the way God treats us—with mercy and grace, goodness and kindness.

Violence and other harsh influences in media entertainment cause people to become desensitized and calloused toward the needs and feelings of others.

 

  1. Great examples of kindness can inspire us to greater kindness. We see many examples in Scripture: The Shulamite woman and her husband toward Elisha (2 Kings 4:8-10).

Dorcas, a woman who “was full of good works and charitable deeds” (Acts 9:36-39).

The Samaritan in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).

Barnabas, whose name meant “Son of Encouragement” (Acts 4:36).

Paul Onesimus and Philemon.

The “virtuous wife” who diligently attends to the needs of her family and others (Proverbs 31).

Galatians 6:7—10, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A person reaps what they sow. The one who sows to please their sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers”

 

God’s goodness goes beyond what is legally right, it goes the extra mile, and gives what is needed and what will benefit, build up, and bless others.

 

  1. Jesus not only showed his followers how to be good and kind to others, but he also left us instructions that are both practical and radical.

FROM Luke 6:27ff

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. … 30Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. …

33 … if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that that

And Peter finally :

1 Peter 3:8-17

8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 11 They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

As we list the attributes in these verses (e.g. sympathy, love, compassion, humility) we see they are necessary for us to exhibit the goodness of God in our lives.

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