I decided to do a sermon over kindness. And I know what everyone is thinking, “she going to tell the good Samaritan story”! Well, no not exactly.
It wanted to start by explaining what exactly I mean by kindness.
Take God’s Word and turn please to Galatians chapter 5 and verse 22 and let us read together what God says. He’s speaking here of the fruit of the Spirit. And he says, And the fruit is love. And we brought a message on that. Then he says, The fruit of the Spirit is joy. And we brought a message on that. Then he says, The fruit of the Spirit is peace. And we thought together about that. And then the fruit of the Spirit is longsuffering or patience. And we dealt with that. And now we come to what the Bible says in the King James Version, The fruit of the Spirit is gentleness, gentleness. Uh, in some translations it is given kindness. The fruit of the Spirit is kindness. That’s what we’re going to be talking about Try a Little Kindness. President George Bush was inaugurated as the President of the United States, and everybody was waiting to hear what kind of a challenge he would give to us as a nation. And do you know what his challenge was? To be a kinder and gentler nation. And I thought, What a challenge. For the President of the United States to say to the greatest nation on earth, the need is kindness. The need is gentleness. But, my dear friend, that’s not just the need of America, or the need of Bellevue Baptist Church. That’s the need of your home and of your life. Oh how we need kindness. I agree with the little girl who prayed, O God, make all the bad people good, and make all the good people nice.
We have a lot of people who are good, but they just learn, need to learn how to be kind. What is kindness? Let’s talk about kindness. What is the word kindness here in Galatians chapter 5 verse 22, also called gentleness? Well, it comes from a root word which means to be useful, to be good, to be helpful, or to be suitable. That’s what it literally means. It is translated sometimes goodness, sometimes tenderness, sometimes friendliness, sometimes generosity. But actually I think all of us know what kindness means.