K I N D N E S S
“hesed” – in Hebrew means zeal/desire toward another in a good sense; favor; benefit.
Gen. 39:20-23 How did God show kindness to Joseph?
Though you may think that if God was so kind then He wouldn’t have even allowed Joseph to go to jail at all, remember that God has a good reason/purpose for all He does. Do you believe Rom. 8:28? Why?
Share a personal experience where you experienced God’s kindness in a tough situation.
2 Sam. 9:1-13 How did King David show kindness to Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth (before his death, Jonathan was a close friend of David’s)?
Have you ever shown kindness to a stranger because he/she was related to a close friend of yours? Why?
Job For whom should there be kindness from his friend, and why?
Are you kind to people/friends who are despairing/hopeless/despondent, even if you think that person got himself/herself into the mess he/she is in? Why?
Psa. 117:2 Because the Lord’s lovingkindness is great toward all nations and people, what are they told to do in verse 1?
What are some ways that the Lord shows His lovingkindness to all nations (see Matt. ; Rev. 5:9; 7:9, 14 for examples)?
Are you praising God for His kindness to you? Why, and/or for what?
Psa. 141:5 What does David pray for?
How can kindness and smiting (rebuking) go together, aren’t they opposites?
Have you ever prayed for the righteous to smite/rebuke you in kindness?
Does Prov. 27:6 add any insights to this idea? How?
Prov. 3:3 What does Solomon (1:1; 3:1) tell his son?
Is kindness a consistent facet of your character? If so, how do you exhibit it?
If not, why not?
“chrestotes” – in Greek means goodness of heart; kindness; pleasant; gracious; useful; doing good or a favor.
Rom. 2:4 What leads people to repentance (a change of mind that turns people to God and saving faith)?
What shouldn’t we take lightly?
What was it that led you to repentance?
Do you ever take lightly the riches of God’s kindness? Why?
Col. 3:12 What are those who have been chosen of God to put on (practice)?
Are you putting on (practicing/choosing as an act of your will to show) kindness? Why?
If so, give an example of how you did during this past week.
If you haven’t been, when will you, and why?
Gal. Kindness is the fruit/product of Whom?
Is the Holy Spirit producing this fruit in your life?
How could a Christian have kindness being produced in his life (Eph. ; 1 Jn. , 15; Col. 3:12)?
Do you think it would be a good idea to actually plan what acts of kindness you want to do for various people?
What advantages are there to planning ahead like this?
Plan one act of kindness each day of the week for seven different people (e.g., a family member, a close friend, an acquaintance, a neighbor, a stranger, a classmate, a fellow employee, or relative).
Eph. 2:7 How was God’s grace given to those who were saved?
When you give something good to someone, in what manner do you give it (out of obligation, guilt, competition, or out of kindness), and why?
Titus 3:4, 5 When the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, what happened?
In what way(s) does your kindness appear, or is exhibited to people?
1 Pet. 2:1-3 What should you do if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord?
Have you tasted the kindness of the Lord? If so, how?
Are you longing for God’s Word (to read, study, and meditate on the Bible)? Why?
Why do you think we should, other than that it’s a command for us to (2 Tim. )?
“philanthropia” – in Greek means love of mankind; kindness (but from self-centered motives).
Acts 28:2 How had these non-Christians (natives) showed Paul and the rest of the crew extraordinary kindness?
[Notice that a different Greek word – “philanthropia” – is used for “kindness” when used in conjunction with it being a quality of a non-Christian.].
“chrestos” in Greek means kind; useful; beneficial; serviceable; good; or gracious.
Lk. Whom is God Himself kind to?
Are you kind to these types of people too? Why?
Eph. Who are we told to be kind to?
Are you kind to your fellow Christians? How often, and how?
If you’re not, what do you plan to do about it, and when?
What are some examples of being kind as seen in the following verses (Psa. 112:5; Matt. 25:34-40; Acts ; Gal. 6:2, 10)?
Here are some suggestions as to how you can express your kindness:
1. Picking up something that someone has dropped.
2. Opening and/or closing doors for others.
3. Being quiet while others are sleeping, praying, or speaking in a conversation.
4. Being a good sport during games; not being overly competitive or letting someone else take your place if there are more people than a game can use.
5. Making sure that all the people know and agree upon the rules of a game before play is started.
6. Writing birthday cards, get well cards, thank you notes, or just notes of encouragement.
7. Avoiding name-calling, silliness, coarseness, or sarcasm (if you joke about something enough, others may come to believe that what you’re joking about is true).
8. Not interrupting others, but rather listening when they’re speaking; not being boisterous.
9. Fixing/repairing cars or other items for others, if you are mechanically gifted.
10. Baking or buying goodies for others.
11. Giving a cheery hello/goodbye when appropriate; smiling.
12. Not being humorous or light when the situation merits seriousness.
13. Saying thank you and please; expressing appreciation for things that people do for you.
14. Calling people on the phone to wish them well or see how they’re doing; tell them that you’re praying for them, if in fact you are.
15. Asking questions about another person, expressing interest in them.
16. Taking care of another’s possessions, especially if they’re kind enough to lend them to you.
17. Loaning things to people who need them.
18. Buying, bringing, or making little things for people that you know they like/enjoy (snacks, etc.).
19. Helping people who are sick – bringing them medicine, meals, or helping them with tasks they have.
20. Asking if anyone needs something, if you are going to the store.
21. Complimenting others on things they do, how they look, what they say, etc.
22. Washing someone’s car, taking care of pets/plants for people who go on vacation.
23. Reminding others to do things they forget or things that are important so that they don’t forget.
24. Giving a helping hand with something heavy that someone’s carrying.
25. Saying “excuse me” when needed. When sneezing, leave the room or use a handkerchief.
26. When sick, stay home and don’t spread your illness to others.
27. Not using or abusing people; not taking advantage of someone else’s generosity.
28. Being on time to meetings/appointments; not being late, thinking that your time is more important.