Fruit of the Spirit – Kindness

Presented by: Pastor Lynden on September 10, 2017.

Kindness as a fruit of the Spirit is also an attribute of God. God’s kindness to mankind is exemplified in the kindness of Boaz to Ruth (great-grandmother of King David and ancestor of Jesus Christ).

Ruth 2:20 New King James Version (NKJV)

20 Then Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “Blessed be he of the Lord, who has not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead!” And Naomi said to her, “This man is a relation of ours, one of our close relatives.”

The Greek word for kindness is crestotes and means gentleness, goodness, uprightness, generosity, graciousness.

Paul instructed Titus about acts of kindness…

Titus 3:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)

3 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. 3 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.

When you accept Jesus Christ as your lord and savior and the fruit of the Holy Spirit comes and resides in you in abundance . . .  We just gotta bring the fruit to maturity.

The battle is not with trying to get the abundance. If you’re born again, If you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your lord and savior. The mystery of salvation is that the Holy Spirit comes and takes up residence in abundance on the inside of you. You’ve got to crucify your flesh. ‘Cause that’s where the hatred is. That’s where the anger is. That’s where the depression is. And you’ve got to walk in the real fruit of the Holy Spirit.