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Fruit of Kindness – Sat – 21-06-19



Today, we wrap up our focus on the fruit of the Spirit called kindness. We’ve learned that the word kind describes actions that are pleasant, not irritating. It is the big-hearted attitude that allows us to be generous to those who do not deserve it. Let’s look at one more contrast to kindness.

In 2 Timothy 2:24, being kind is contrasted with quarreling. To quarrel is to have a conflict using words. Another word to describe this is to argue. People have conflicts in-person, through text and on social media. They hurl hurtful words at each other. Quarreling is the opposite of kindness. Also, quarreling often leads to physical conflicts. Just do a web search for news articles using the words argument or quarrel as search terms. You’ll find lots of stories about verbal conflicts becoming physical.

Not only is kindness the opposite of quarrelling, it is a description of love. In 1 Corinthians 13:4, Paul lists two positive attributes of love before listing several things love is not. The verse begins, “Love is patient, love is kind.”

So, check yourself. Are you arguing and quarreling with people in your family, at work, or next door? God’s Spirit is working to produce kindness in you. So don’t follow the urge to hurl hurtful words. Instead follow the prompting to say or text kind words and do kind things to those around you.


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Fruit of Patience – Wed – 21-06-09



Have you listened to a popular music countdown show? Many are a weekly show that play the top 40 or so songs in reverse order. The introduction of the song usually tells you how long it has been at the current position and whether it has moved up or down in the rankings. Sometimes, the shows will change the format for the top rankings in the past year. Of course, in today’s internet culture, live radio shows are less popular. Now people just publish a web page or a play list.

Recently Billboard.com published a list of the top love songs of all time. The number one song, according to them, is Endless Love by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie.* It uses phrases like “two hearts beating as one” and “you mean the world to me.” Of course, it is set to some great music and performed by exceptional vocalists. But the song focuses on the emotions of two people in love. I don’t think it is the greatest description of love. For that, I’d recommend 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. This passage is a favorite at weddings!

So why are we talking about love when our focus this week is on patience? Because the first description of love in 1 Corinthians 13 is this: “Love is patient.” That makes sense! Scripture tells us that God is love and that God is patient, not wanting any to perish. May God give you patience today!


*Fred Bronson, “Top 50 Love Songs of All Time,” Billboard.com, February 4, 2021, https://www.billboard.com/articles/list/6792625/top-50-love-songs-of-all-time

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