Bible Study Outline on Kindness and Goodness
Kindness and goodness are quite similar. Kindness is being kind to someone while goodness is imitating the character of Christ by wanting to do God’s commandments.
In the real world, people are not kind. The truth of human nature is that everyone has an evil inside. Even children can be evil and do bad things. Kindness prompt you to want to be at peace and live in harmony with everyone. Today, we are exposed to all kinds of bad influences including violent media, music, school, workplace, books and etc. Children are unable to differentiate between right and wrong so they are more subsceptible to being influenced. Adults can also becoming badly influenced by the surroundings because of continual exposure and brainwash to the wrong media.
Kindness is being caring and compassionate to the people in your surroundings. A person that is kind will not have the evil intention to harm someone or an animal. Jesus Christ said that we must be kind to others by doing to them what we want people to do to us.
We are to be kind to our enemies by not taking revenge and always help them when seeing them in troubles. When you do this, you will have great rewards in heaven and be called the sons of Most High. When you are persistent to being kind to those who are depressed or your enemies, you will be able to give them an impression that you are a true friend. This will heal their hearts and it will be easier for you to lead them to Christ. In order to develop the virtue of kindness, you must get rid of all selfish ambitions, which are the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21).
Goodness is a character of God. God is good to everyone. He generously provide the rain and sun to everyone including good and bad. The disciples of Christ must bear a lot of fruits. When Jesus was on earth, he went about doing good The parable of the sheep and goats show what kind of Christian God want us to be . In the parable of the sheep and goats, the sheep refers to the good Christians who help the needy but the goats refer to the bad Christians who did not care to help the needy. Good in the bible refers to obedience to God and abiding in his commandments. Any act of disobedient against God’s commandment is considered evil.
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 (Colossians 3:12 KJV)
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. (Proverbs 31:26 KJV)
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. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 5:16-26 KJV)
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12 KJV)