Kindness: Reaching Out to Others

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The story of the Good Samaritan is reenacted every day. Whether it’s a family on the side of the road with car trouble, a homeless person sleeping over an outdoor heating vent, or a panhandler asking for spare change, we either pass by or reach out in kindness. This Fruit of the Spirit Bible study will inspire kindness toward others by revealing God’s kindness to you.

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Overview

The story of the Good Samaritan is reenacted every day. Whether it’s a family on the side of the road with car trouble, a homeless person sleeping over an outdoor heating vent, or a panhandler asking for spare change, we either pass by or reach out in kindness. This Fruit of the Spirit Bible study will inspire kindness toward others by revealing God’s kindness to you.

The eight-volume Fruit of the Spirit Bible Studies series not only helps you discover what the Bible says about the vital traits that the Holy Spirit produces in believers, but also moves you beyond reflection and discussion to application. Designed for use in small groups or personal devotions, the interactive format will help you grow in your ability to reflect the character of Jesus.

Revised to include:
Expanded leader’s notes
Between-studies applications
Suggestions for prayer

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Meet the Author

Phyllis is Area Director for Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship in Chicago West. She is a speaker and the author or coauthor of a number of books for Inter Varsity, including Ephesians, Wholeness for a Broken World, and the Resources for the Coping Christian Series. She and her husband, Andy, live in Downers Grove, Illinois.

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Kindness

Reaching Out to Others
By Phyllis J. Le Peau

Zondervan

Copyright © 2001 Zondervan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-310-23866-8


Chapter One

GOD'S KINDNESS TO US

Psalm 103

There are a lot of parallels between being children in a physical sense and being a child of God. One of the most blatant similarities is gratefulness-or the lack thereof. Children are often self-centered and at times are hardly aware of the kindness that is extended to them by their parents.

As God's children, our awareness and appreciation of his kindness should be as natural as breathing fresh air. Yet that is not always the case. We need eyes that see and hearts that believe that God's kindness extends to us. As you look closely at God's kindness in Psalm 103, ask him to open your eyes to all that is there.

Warming Up

1. What do you think it would be like never to have experienced God's kindness?

Digging In

2. Read Psalm 103. According to verses 2-5, what kind and loving things has God done for us?

3. In this first paragraph (vv. 2-5), how does God's loving-kindness meet our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs?

4. Which of the Lord's "benefits" have you experienced this week? Explain.

5. As you read the psalmist's description of God in verses 6-14, what kind of portrait emerges?

6. How are God's kindness and love demonstrated in his treatment of the oppressed (vv. 6-7)?

7. How is God's loving-kindness revealed in the way he treats those who sin (vv. 8-12)?

8. In what ways do you struggle with accepting God's forgiveness?

How can these verses help you to live in the freedom of his forgiveness?

9. How does God respond to our frailty and mortality (vv. 13-19)?

(Continues...)



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