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An an informal podcast for women with intelligent and literary interests related to Christian doctrine and life esther and I both have a passion to see unbelievers come to the faith and so we hope our material will be used for the furtherance of God's Kingdom we also have have a passion for equipping women with the tools they need to exercise discernment and we desire to see more women understand and love the deep theology that is found in God's word. Unfortunately Ester is not with me today as her joey are finishing dishing up their classes and will be returning home soon. I haven't had a lot of opportunities to talk with her since she's been gone. She's been really busy and I've been really busy with some different projects. <hes> I actually got a new job and I've just been dealing with medical stuff in our family so I was actually considering skipping our second June episode because life is been a little bit overwhelming as you can imagine but I actually have been pondering a lot about my own conduct as a Christian woman and kindness is something that has really been difficult for me me during this season of my life. I'm definitely not an expert on the topic of kindness and my preparation for this episode is simply my own Personal Bible reading on the subject I haven't read any commentaries or consulted any books on the subject so this episode is simply just a feeble reflection on kindness that I hope will bless others. This episode won't be Super Long but I will be sharing a lot of verses on kindness and it's ultimately my hope that scripture will stern us all repentance as we let the word of God instruct us and Godliness. I don't have any other resources to provide other than the scripture versus that I'll be reading but the Bible does have a great deal to say about kindness and I personally need to be reminded of how to behave as a Christian and if I need to be reminded to be kind I can imagine many of our listeners would also benefit as well so before I start I just want to be transparent with my own struggle against unkindness and meanness I in my own home towards my husband and daughters and second towards those in the household of God. I've been wrestling with a situation that happened a few weeks ago and I've been really struggling with anger and a desire to be mean and say mean things about a specific person because I feel very wronged and I've been reflecting a great deal the past couple of weeks on my own. facebook usage and how I let unkindness creep into some of my interactions. There've been times many times when I've been snarky rude shore lacking patients and quick to respond before listening resulting in lack of kindness and understanding being extended to the other person I'm not commonly outright mean but if Asians four twenty nine let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths but only such as is good for building up as fits the occasion that it may give grace to those who here has been weighing on my heart heart so the kind of the Holy Spirit has been directing me in a more holy direction and revealing how I've allowed certain behaviors to go unchecked because others around me were acting in a similar manner. It's really easy to see a mean joke. I mean mean mean comment and automatically laugh or joining an it is so easy to click the left button on facebook. When we think someone is being stupid or we disagree? These types of things can actually be really mean and if you've ever been on the receiving end you should know that it hurts it is much easier to extend kindness when you're face face to face with someone but not always the temptation to snap at the checkout clerk at the grocery store because she's being slow or the temptation to scoff when someone makes a comment about how many children we have or about our parenting or about how we do do not have children and they are making comments to us or at us that are hurtful and mean. We don't always want to offer kind response. When someone is rude to us we normally want to be angry or irritated or rude back and in some cases being marriage to someone who is rude is often encouraged even in Christian circles we feel justified in our behavior because we have felt wronged and we need to pause and think before we speak we need to have kindness on our lips and love in our hearts for our neighbors? Even when it's it's difficult or we don't think they deserve it so I'm definitely not saying Oh look at me. I have killed this little devil of unkindness in me because I am so far from being a master of kindness to other people people I am saying that I do sympathize with others who also really struggle with unkindness and who see the goodness of the Lord's commands and desire to be shaped by his word I personally rest in the Gospel for my assurance knowing that the Lord has done it all that I'm secure in the Lord and and I also recognize that I'm a saint who still sins we as Christian women who are justified must ask the practical question. How are we to live and our Lord instructs us to be kind so kindness is a fruit of the spirit that is an out flowing characteristic that grows out of love if we claim to be loving than we should also be kind because the two are connected Galatian five twenty two through twenty six says but the fruit of the spirit is love joy peace patience kindness goodness faithfulness gentleness? <unk> self control against such things there is no law and those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the spirit let us also keep in step with the spirit let us not become conceited provoking one another envying one another other another verse Corinthians Thirteen four through seven which is which is considered the famous love chapter tells us that love is patient and kind love does not envy or boast it is not arrogant or rude it does not insist on its own way it is not irritable resentful. It does not rejoice it wrongdoing but rejoices with truth love bears all things believes all things hopes all things endures all things both these verses make mention of kindness but they also show us other characteristics that are fitting for the believer. The krantz passage is actually really convicting for me. Personally I think when we normally read this passage we romanticize it but we don't ever really compare ourselves to it. We think Oh what a beautiful verse love is so amazing you hear people reading adult weddings and promising to be these things and we always fall so very short. I think it's important that we need to read that verse and ask the Question Am I can see. Do I insist on my own way. Am I e rtable resentful. Many of these things I wrestle with daily and yet I also see the the kindness of the Lord and revealing my weakness so that I can boast in Christ. I see my need for my savior and I'm continually turning away from my son with the help of the Holy Spirit. I think it's really important that we define kindness. Kindness is a noun it is the quality of being friendly generous or considerate. Some synonyms are kindly nece kindheartedness warm heartedness tender heartedness goodwill affection warmth gentleness tenderness concern care consideration consideration helpfulness thoughtfulness unselfishness altruism compassion sympathy understanding benevolence friendliness neighborliness hospitality generosity patience tolerance since charitableness graciousness humaneness mercifulness decency and that's a lot of synonyms but I do think it gives you a really good picture of what kindness is and it can be so many different things I mean it it is not harsh or cruel or rude or snarky. It is not an loving I mean the sentiment synonyms really give you a good idea of all the ways in which kindness can take jake form and so some scriptures that command kindness include titus two four through five it says in so train the young women to love their husbands and children to be self controlled pure working at home kind and submissive to their own husbands that the word of God may not be reviled Hebrews thirteen to says do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Mica six eight says he has told you oh man what. This good and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness into walk humbly with your God Colossians two twelve hundred fifteen says put on then as God's Chosen Ones Holy and beloved compassionate hearts kindness humility meekness impatience bearing with one another and if one has a complaint against another forgiving each other as the Lord has forgiven you so so you also must forgive and and above all these put on love which binds everything together in perfect harmony and let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts to which indeed you were called in one body and be thankful kindness something that we put on according to Colossians it is something we are trained in according to titus it is something that is good. According to Mica it is something that we should not neglect. According to Hebrews kindness is something that we cultivate in our lives through the instruction section of the word of God and the working of the Holy Spirit and US practically we need to ask what kindness looks like so Matthew Twenty five thirty four through thirty six says then the king will say to those on his right come you who are we're blessed by my father inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world for I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison prison and you came to me. Ax Twenty eight to says the native people showed US unusual kindness for the kindle the fire and welcomed us all because it begun it had begun to rain and was cold. I Timothy Five ten says and having a reputation station for good works if she has brought up children has shown hospitality as washed the feet of the saints has cared for the afflicted and has devoted herself to every good work Romans Twelve fifteen says rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn these versus show us that kindness looks like weeping with those who weep and morning with those who mourn and proper season kindnesses doing good when you see a need you care for people you extend what you have generously and with a heart of love when someone is harsh you respond with goodness and gentleness list it is showing hospitality caring for needs devoting ourselves to good works. It looks like warming afire and showing compassion kindness can be many things because kindness flows out of love for our neighbor and love for God when we are seeking to love our neighbor kindness Dennis will be present. The wisdom of kindness can also be found in many of the proverbs a few included proverbs eleven seventeen which says a man who is kind benefits himself but a cruel man hurts himself. We see in this first. That kindness is a sensible thing that can benefit us all as well as others. Those who are rude harsh unloving uncaring and uncaring hurt themselves both spiritually and socially as people do not want to be around someone who is cruel proverbs thirty one twenty six says she opens her mouth with wisdom and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue proverbs thirty one is filled with so much wisdom and how to live a godly life and we all know that we fail to be that quote proverbs thirty one woman however just because we fail to meet the expectation of wise living does not mean that we cannot learn from the passage or apply to our lives. Kindness is something that we teach to others. This shows us that wise women share the instruction of scripture with others others they teach others.