The Fruit of the Spirit
Wk 6 Kindness and Goodness
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.
A Dark Mind
A Hard Heart
A Sin Filled Life
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.
That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
|Verse||Put Off||Put On||Why?|
|25||Falsehood||Truthful Speech||Because we are one|
|26-27||Sinful Rage||Controlled Indignation||Removes Opportunity for Temptation|
|28||Dishonest Gain||Honest Labor||To Be Able to Give to the Needy|
|29||Unwholesome Speech||Edifying Speech||Gives Grace to Those Who Hear|
|30-32||Hateful Attitudes and Actions||Loving Attitudes and Actions||To NOT Grieve the HS|
“falsehood to truthful speech.”
Sinful Rage to Controlled Indignation
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
From Dishonest Gain to Honest Labor
Unwholesome Speech to Edifying Speech
Hateful Attitudes and Actions to Loving Attitudes and Actions
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Out with the old, in with the new.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
Small Group Questions:
- Read Ephesians 4:17-19, what are some examples of what would be classified as “futility of their thinking” in reference to gentiles? What do you think darkens the understanding of unbelievers? Should they alter our assumptions about them when we speak to them about Jesus?
- What are some indications of a hard heart?
- Read Romans 12:2, how do we renew our minds?
- Read Ephesians 4:20-24, why is our behavior important?
- Read Ephesians 4:25-32, how do we grieve the Holy Spirit? Paul states, “in your anger do not sin”. Is anger sin? Why or why not? Why do you think Paul combines these two in his statement?
- Why do you think society seems to approve of lying and vulgar speech? Is it possible to live in modern times and be perfectly honest? Is there such thing as being too honest?