Bible Study Outline on Kindness and Goodness
Kindness and goodness sound like they have similar meaning so many people wonder what are their differences as pointed out in the bible. Both kindness and goodness are the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Kindness is being caring and compassion to others including animals. We should do our best to show kindness. Whenever there is an opportunity, you should react with kindness. For example, if your friend is very sick and don’t have money to see the doctor, you should lend him money. Kind words can warm the hearts of others by bringing encouragement and comfort to them. Whatever you say should encourage and build others up.
If you do charity, you should avoid hoping to get something back in return. Your motive should be out of your love for others. Christians are to love others as much as they love themselves as this is the most important commandment on which all commandments in the bible hang on. If you are doing charitable deeds out of love, you will not hope that other people will talk about it and praise you for it. When you do charity in secret, God sees it and he will reward you in heaven.
It is not wrong to do someone a favor to get something in return unless it is not moral. For example, it is wrong to bribe someone to get something. If you do something without expecting to get something in return, it is even better as you will be rewarded in heaven. Being kind and generous to others will help you to have friends. A person who is always not kind or generous to people will find himself have no friend but lots of enemies. We are to be kind to everyone including our enemies. There is no reward for only being kind to your friend as even the pagans do that. Instead, we are to be kind to our enemies and help them when they are needy.
Goodness, on the contrary, emphasizes on the goodness of your behavior. Being good is to abide in God’s commandments. A person is consider righteous if he put his faith in God and walk in his commandments. The disciples of Christ must be doing good at all time including their lifestyle and how they treat others. A good Christian will bear much fruit. Jesus Christ makes a metaphor of how followers are to abide in him by illustrating that he is the vine and we are the branch. A believer that does not abide in Jesus Christ is like a branch that is thrown away and withers. Such branches will be burned. If you abide in Jesus Christ and his words, you will bring glory to God as you are showing yourself to be a true disciple.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 KJV)
Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! (Psalm 31:19 KJV)
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. (Psalm 23:6 KJV)
The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. (Psalm 145:15-19 KJV)
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5:13-26 KJV)
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. (Romans 12:9 KJV)
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. (James 3:13 KJV)
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13 KJV)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:17 KJV)
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10 KJV)
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6:8 KJV)
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. (Psalm 34:8 KJV)
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32 KJV)
But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. (Luke 6:35 KJV)
The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh. (Proverbs 11:17 KJV)
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. (Colossians 3:12-14 KJV)
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. (Proverbs 31:26 KJV)
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. (1 Corinthians 13:1-13 KJV)
He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. (Proverbs 19:17 KJV)
Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9 KJV)
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:18 KJV)