Kindness second half - Galatians 5:22

Dr. Steve Viars March 19, 1991 Galatians 5:22

[Editor's note: The first portion of the notes is not available.]

- so the point is - if we're going to be developing this
  important character quality, we've got to identify what is
  hindering that development
- I think it would be good for all of us to pause and ask:
    - why aren't I a kinder person?  why isn't my goodness
      more evident?

- it could be pride, it could be selfishness/indifference, it
  could be wrong motives, maybe another factor - but God
  wants those things changed so that this important component
  of the fruit of the Spirit can shine through

- now, I realize you might say - but PV, this is hard - I get
  so busy, and there are so many things coming at me - its
  hard to be kind
- you're right - its hard - but the other side of that is -
  there are many people who have gone before us and displayed
  this important fruit

III. Examples of Kindness in the Scriptures

    A. In our Lord

        1. His kindness fills the earth - Isa. 63:7

            "I will mention the lovingkindness of the Lord,
             and the praises of the Lord, according to all
             that the Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great
             goodness toward the house of Israel, which he
             hath bestowed on them according to his mercies,
             and according to the multitude of his

        2. He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked - Luke

             "...for He is kind to the unthankful, and to the

        3. Evident when Christ was on the earth - Matt.

             "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy
              laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke
              upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and
              lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest in your

- point is - the person on this earth who had the most reason
    to be unkind
    - who was treated more cruelty than anyone else
    - If anyone ever had a right to be proud, indifferent,
        aloof--it was our Lord
           - yet he chose over and over and over to be kind
              (tender concern for others that caused Him to
               focus on needs)

           - illus - (Wendy) - I was just talking to a person
                the other night about their job (develop -
                  the way they cut each other - viscous)
               - "what an opportunity - to be like our Lord"

    B. The apostle Paul

        I Thes. 2:6-7 - "Nor of men sought we glory, neither
            of you, nor yet of others, when we might have
            been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. But
            we were gentle among you, even as a nurse
            cherisheth her children"

    C. Believers in the early church

        Dorcas - Acts 9:36-39 (NASB)

Dr. Steve Viars


Senior Pastor - Faith Church

Director - Faith Legacy Foundation


B.S.: Pre-Seminary & Bible, Baptist Bible College (Now Clarks Summit University)
M.Div.: Grace Theological Seminary
D.Min.: Biblical Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary

Dr. Steve Viars has served at Faith Church in Lafayette, IN since 1987. Pastor Viars leads and equips Faith Church as Senior Pastor with a focus on preaching and teaching God’s Word and using his organizational skills in guiding the implementation of the Faith Church mission and vision. He oversees the staff, deacons, and all Faith Church ministries. Dr. Viars serves on the boards of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Vision of Hope, and the Faith Community Development Corporation. Steve is the author, co-author, or contributor to six books and numerous booklets. He and his wife, Kris, were married in 1982 and have two married daughters, a son, and three grandchildren.

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