This week we finished reading week seven of Living Beyond Yourself by Beth Moore, and learned about two more fruit: Kindness and Goodness. When Beth compares and contrasts the two fruits, we find Kindness (chrestoles in Greek) means tenderhearted or harmless as a dove while Goodness (agathosune in Greek) means benevolent and active or shrewd as a snake. Our study examined the cords of kindness and examples of Jesus demonstrating kindness to a mourner, a doubter and a mocker. As in the past weeks, this study was rich with scripture verses and practical knowledge.
Moore says “the fruit of the Spirit is absolutely divine. They are impossible goals for the unbeliever, yet attainable-but not automatic-graces for the true believer.” Throughout the past seven weeks of our study, we’ve seen evidence of this. With God as the Giver,we receive these gifts to do good and benefit those He loves. Beth reminds us to pray we’ll use our gifts as God intended, completing the course He has set before us, and ending with the outcome of Kindness and Goodness towards others. This is our generation and we have the opportunity to impact it…when we do so with the love of Christ and the fruit of the Spirit as the center of our heart, mind and soul. We’ve already unlocked the importance of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness and goodness. In the remaining three weeks of this study, we’ll focus on the fruit of Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control.
This week we read a portion of Psalm 91. You may enjoy listening to this song by Lincoln Brewster with the same title.
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Beth Moore Quotes
- Many believers are far more knowledgeable in the areas of God’s sovereignty and judgment than they are His tenderness and kindness.
- You can know Him well as Lord yet never truly relate to Him as Father.
- God knows the intense pain of intense love.
- If the Savior says “no” to a crying parent its because He’s saying “yes” to eternal kingdom profit.
- We have not been saved by our works, we have been saved for His works.
This Week’s Scripture Verse-NIV
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.Deut 7:9
The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them. Hosea 11:4
For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. Matthew 25:29
For Next Week
- Read Week Eight in the workbook
- Listen to the Session Eight Audio (optional)
- OR…Listen to the Session Eight Video (optional)
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- Have you ever felt forgotten by God? If so, when? (page 140)
- Christ appeared to those who needed Him: a mourner,a doubter and a mocker. Which example in our study reminded you of a way He dealt with you in the past and why? (page 147)
- Do you consider Matthew 25:29 to be fair? Why? (page 151)
- Share something valuable you learned this week, a “Garden Tool” from our study.