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patience note from last week
Patience (note from last week)
  • Makrothumia. This is the choice to refrain from avenging oneself, at least immediately; it can include either a delay or erasure of wrath. We might call this "the patience motivated by love.“this is the patience Paul speaks of…
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Reasons Mr. Rogers Was the Best Neighbor Ever
  • Even Koko Liked Him
  • Thieves Thot Twice
  • Genuinely Curious
  • Most Tolerant
  • Made People Sing
  • The Sweaters
  • Wrote Music
  • Hated TV
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Kindness - Gentleness

What does it say that we often describe someone as a “really nice guy”?

what is the heart
Seat of the inner self (life, soul, mind, spirit)

Similar in meaning to soul, but with a focus on thinking & understanding (Mk 2:8; Lk 1:51; 24:38)

Seat of feeling, impulse, affection, desire (Mt. 6:21; 22:37; Phil. 1:7)

Seat of intellect (Mt. 13:15; Rom. 1:21)

The inner and mental frame (Mt. 5:8; Lk. 16:15; 1 Pet. 3:4)

The conscience(1 Jn. 3:20, 21)

The inner part, middle, center (Mt. 12:40)

II. A Matter of the Heart

What is the “Heart”?
what is my heart towards my spouse

II. A Matter of the Heart

What is the State of Your Heart?

“What is my heart towards my spouse?”

If we as Christians cannot live out our faith in our marriages, then our faith is a show at best. And yet, how can one tell if they have made their faith in God a vital part of their marriage? It will be evident, without question, because a transformed heart is unmistakable.

a transformed heart is

II. A Matter of the Heart

A Transformed Heart is…
  • A heart is one that has been utterly changed by the love, grace, mercy, and the Spirit of God (Ephesians 2:1-10).
    • It is one that has wholly acknowledged Christ as Lord
    • It is one that recognizes that the old-destructive ways of the past are cast aside(2 Corinthians 5:15-17)
  • Aheart that is set on treating and loving one’s spouse with the same love, kindness, and mercy that as God
    • It is faithful, unselfish, willing to sacrifice and put aside oneself in order to listen, understand, empathize, love, and cherish one’s spouse (Ephesians 5:2)
  • Aheart is set on living by the Fruit of the Spirit- fundamental to change and revitalization in your marriage
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III. Kindness - Gentleness

What Do You Think Of?

What is kindness really?

Kindness defined as “A compassionate act; an act that shows consideration and caring.”

This is an inadequate picture of NT description though…

gentleness in galatians means

III. Kindness - Gentleness

Gentleness (praiotes) is similar to meekness… though more attitude than action

Gentleness in Galatians Means…

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III. Kindness - Gentleness

Meekness is not weakness

Gentleness in Galatians Means…

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III. Kindness - Gentleness

Gentleness in Galatians

Power Under Control

“Meekness” can only exist where great strength is under strict control! 

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III. Kindness - Gentleness

Gentleness in Galatians

Power Under Control

… applies even force in the correct way

kindness in galatians means

Kindness (chrestotes)- sometimes translated “Gentleness”

    • 10x in the NT
    • 9 of 10 related to word for “loving kindness” – includes the idea of mercy, grace, devotion, good, gentle
    • Best translated as “Goodness expressed in deeds” – but descriptive of ones disposition

Kindness in Galatians Means…

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III. Kindness - Gentleness

Kindness- What does it look like?

Kindness in Galatians Means…

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IV. Kindness & Gentleness:Following Jesus’s Example
  • Submissiveness to the Will of God Philippians 2:5-8 (NLT)You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
  • A Teachable SpiritJames 1:21 (NLT)So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.
point 3

The fruit of the Spirit is reflected in my behaviors… which stem from a heart characterized as Gentle & Kind


v showing kindness in marriage

By Speaking Kindly to Our Spouse

(This is kindness in words)

  • Soft Tone: First Sign:The Harsh Startup
  • Kindly Non-Verbals: Second Sign:"The Four Horsemen“
      • Criticism 2. Contempt3. Defensiveness4. Stonewalling
  • Play (Speak) by the rules
  • Don’t expect mind reading

V. Showing …Kindness in marriage


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V. Showing …Kindness in marriage

By Developing a Kind Attitude Toward Spouse (This is kindness in heart)

  • Choose a different attitude
  • "The Four Horsemen” #2 = Contempt
  • Expect realistically- Don’t expect husband to be girlfriend/Wife to be frat buddy
  • Think relationally- Stop thinking that your way is the “right” way- “right” is really control


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V. Showing …Kindness in marriage

By Doing Kind Things for Spouse (This is kindness in action)

Love expressed in 1,000 little choices daily

Maybe the secret to marital happiness is as simple as making your spouse tea in the morning- Turning down his side of the bed- Giving her a back rub


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Kind/Gentle Actions
  • Say "good morning."
  • Ask how he or she slept.
  • Make something for him or her to eat.
  • Help find something your spouse misplaced.
  • Check with your spouse to make sure they have everything they need for the day (money, food, information, etc.).
  • Call during the day to say hello.
  • Run an errand at the store.
  • Listen and comfort your spouse if he or she is upset.
  • Help your spouse with his or her tasks at home.
  • Do favors.
  • Spend time together before going to sleep.

V. Showing …Kindness in marriage

By having a teachable spirit

By thinking before responding- not react

By responding in a calm manner

By responding with empathy

By responding with kindness



V. Showing …Kindness in marriage

"Compassionate love" includes small, random acts that add up to bigger happiness in marriage. It\'s a skill set that increases marriage longevity and satisfaction, studies say. And it applies to both genders, because men and women are a lot alike.

point 4

Kindness/Gentleness Works…

Even in a Marriage



What I Learned

in Kindergarten …

  • Share everything. Play fair.Don\'t hit people. Put things back
  • Where you found them. Clean up
  • your own mess. Don\'t take things that
  • aren\'t yours. Say you\'re sorry when
  • you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Live a balanced life -Learn some and think some- And draw and paint and sing and dance- And play and work everyday some. Take a nap every afternoon. When you go out into the world, Watch out for traffic,Hold hands and stick together.Kindness works in a marriage.
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Kind/Gentle Actions


Couples who accept, respect and honor each other\'s feelings are less likely to divorce (Love is expressed in a 1,000 little choices every day)

point 5

It’s the “Little” Things

that Make a Difference



10 Marriage Sweeteners

  • Put your partner\'s goals first. Giving your husband the last cupcake is easy. Spending your vacation—again—with his family is hard.
  • Try to understand your partner\'s thoughts and feelings. Not sure what\'s going on? Ask.
  • Accept, don\'t judge. Don\'t like your spouse\'s relatives, or his taste in clothes or TV shows? Zip it.
  • Be open to your partner\'s requests. Everyone is busy. If your spouse asks for something, assume it\'s important.
  • Modify your plans for your spouse\'s sake. Does she need a night off from parenting, or a few hours to finish a work project? Accommodate and earn relationship goodwill..

10 Marriage Sweeteners

  • Do something special for your partner. Flowers are nice, but so is making the bed or giving a massage.
  • Express tenderness and caring. Not everyone likes public displays of affection. But you can make a nice cup of tea.
  • Go out of your way to \'be there.\' Pay attention when your partner seems particularly stressed and try to help.
  • Show respect and admiration. Celebrate successes, even little ones. Did your spouse handle a touchy situation well, or make you laugh? Point it out.
  • Show you value your partner. Two words: Thank you.
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How well am I doing???

1. Do your spouse "feel loved by you"

2. Does your spouse "see Jesus in you"

Showing … Kindness &Gentleness in marriage

Gentleness & Kindness

do something
Do something
  • Ask Jesus to help you give yourself wholeheartedly to your marriage this week.
  • Ask Jesus to help change your heart and attitudes towards your spouse this week.
  • What are the little choices you can begin making to show your spouse you love them? Try to name five, just as a way of getting yourself thinking about these things.