Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 4 PART 3 – Kindness (Galatians 6:2)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 4 PART 3 – KINDNESS (Galatians 6:2)

LESSON: KINDNESS is carrying one another’s burdens.

Memory Verse:  

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2

Kindness is about being willing to go the “extra mile” to help others. It’s about being a true friend in times of need. Galatians 6:2 tells us to “Bear one another’s burdens” and this means to “carry” each other’s load or “problems.” In other words, this means to share our time, energy and resources to someone in need so that we may help make his load lighter and help solve the problem altogether. By doing this, the Bible says we are doing the “law of Christ” which is the law of LOVE.

This is a transcript with the screenshots of the story of “4 Men, a Roof and Jesus” as told by Amanda White of Impress Your Kids.com

(See the video here: : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX5xUpXHUNE)

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Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 4 PART 2 – Kindness (1 John 3:18)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 4 PART 2 – Kindness (1 John 3:18)

LESSON: KINDNESS is love in action.

Memory Verse:

“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

– 1 John 3:18

Bible Lesson:  Kindness in the Book of Ruth

Chapter 1:  The Kindness of Ruth and Naomi

Naomi is the wife of Elimelech and they had two sons, Mahlon and Kilion. Because of a famine in Bethlehem, they moved to a land called Moab and there, her sons got married to Ruth and Orpah. After a few years, Elimelech died, and so did the two sons. And so there were three widows left in the family.

Widows are considered one of the poorest people during that time, because it was usually the men who worked to provide for the family. Ruth and Orpah were still young, so instead of them staying together, Naomi told her daughters-in law to go back to their families and hopefully get married again.

“Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home.  May the Lord show kindness to you, as you have shown to your dead and to me,” Naomi said. (Ruth 1:8) So Ruth and Naomi went back together to Bethlehem.

Chapter 2:  The Kindness of Boaz

 

Naomi had a relative from Elimelech’s side of the family named Boaz. Boaz was a very rich man who owned a large field. The people of their time had a tradition that after the workers have harvested the grain, poor people such as widows were allowed to take whatever was left. Ruth became one of those who waited for that chance, and Boaz noticed her and found out who she was.

Boaz heard of Ruth’s kindness towards Naomi and how she stayed with her widowed mother-in-law to take care of her, so he showed kindness to her too. Boaz gave orders to his workers to leave extra grain for her to gather and even shared food with her. So when she went back home to Naomi, she had good news to tell her about the kindness she received from Boaz. Naomi replied, “May the Lord bless him!  He has not stopped showing kindness to the living and the dead!”  (Ruth 2:20)

Application:

The kindness that Ruth showed Naomi was a fruit of her genuine love for her. She was given a chance to go back to her family and take care of herself, but instead, she chose to take care of the old widow whom she has grown to love as the mother of the man she married.

This kindness wasn’t something that bragged about or did so that other people would praise her. Ruth was simply acting out what was already in her heart. And people noticed – that is why when Boaz asked around about her, people already had good things to say about her.

Naomi showed kindness to Ruth by letting her go, but Ruth showed kindness to Naomi by staying. This led to Boaz showing kindness to Ruth and also Naomi, and a happy ending of them getting married and becoming a family. They experienced hardships and sadness in their lives, but their choosing to be kind bore good fruit in their lives. Matthew Chapter 1 talks about the family tree of Jesus.  And in that family tree, in verse 5, are the names of both Boaz and Ruth.  They are listed in the family tree of the Savior of the world!

Prayer:

Lord, help us to show kindness to each other whatever our situation may be. Help us to do this that we may be a channel of Your great love to others. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.Lesson 4 Part 2.jpg

 

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 4 PART 1 – Kindness (Romans 12:13)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 4 PART 1 – Kindness (Romans 12:13)

LESSON: KINDNESS is caring for the needs of others.

Memory Verse:  “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” – Romans 12:13

Bible Story:  Rebekah’s kind heart (Genesis 24)

God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. When Abraham was 100 years old and his wife Sarah was 90, God blessed them with a son whom they named “Isaac.”

When Isaac was all grown up, Abraham decided to send one of his servants back to his homeland to search for a bride for his son. This was because he wanted a wife for him that came from his own people because the women where they now lived did not worship the one true God. So, he sent his servant away to make a long journey to the country where he came from to find Isaac a suitable bride.

The servant left, taking with him ten of his master’s camels loaded with all kinds of good things from his master. When he got to the place, he was very tired and thirsty and he was also wondering how to find Isaac a bride. So he PRAYED to God to give him a sign, and he prayed that the woman who will give him water to drink and offer to get water for his camels too would be the right wife for his master’s son.

Sure enough, even before he finished praying, a beautiful woman named Rebekah, who was from the family of Abraham, came with a jar on her shoulder. When the servant requested for water, Rebekah offered to get water for the camels too.

Now getting some water for a thirsty man by drawing it out of a well is not that hard, but getting water for thirsty camels is a whole different thing. Big, thirsty camels drink a LOT of water; one camel can drink around 30 gallons of water – that’s as much water as would fill a bathtub more than half full (standard bathtub sizes hold up to 50 gallons of water)! Now the servant had 10 camels with him, so this meant that Rebekah actually volunteered to go back and forth the well, drawing up water one jug at a time to fill at least 5 bathtubs full (250 gallons). If her jug holds 2 gallons, that meant Rebekah had to make 125 trips to draw water from the well and bring it back to the camels! That’s definitely a lot of work! And it also meant she had to give up a lot of her time as well!

So, what can we say about this woman Rebekah? Well, for one, the bible tells us she was “VERY BEAUTIFUL.” She may well have had a pretty face, but her actions tell us that she did not only possess outside beauty, but more importantly, she was also beautiful inside. Rebekah  practiced HOSPITALITY and was willing to SHARE her time, energy and resources to PROVIDE directly for a stranger’s needs. She had a KIND HEART; one that was compassionate and willing to serve others even if it meant some sacrifice or discomfort on her part.

Rebekah was indeed God’s chosen woman to be Isaac’s wife. The servant told her about his purpose in coming there, and then he told his family about it. They accepted the gifts that the servant gave them and they all agreed (even Rebekah herself) that she would go back with the servant to marry Isaac. The servant praise God and said, “The Lord has granted success to my journey.”

So Rebekah left her home to find Isaac who was patiently waiting for his lovely bride. They got married and loved each other. In this story, God took care of Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah and the servant. He answered their prayers and took care of their needs. Praise be to our God!

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