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The Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness and Goodness Matthew 18:21-35. Galatians 5 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is ----, ---, ------, patience, --------, -------, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. “The unmerciful servant”

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The fruit of the spirit kindness and goodness matthew 18 21 35
The Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness and GoodnessMatthew 18:21-35

Galatians 5

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is ----, ---, ------, patience, --------, -------, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.


“The unmerciful servant”

A story about forgiving

It’s about giving

It’s also about being merciful and generous

About being kind and good


Matthew 18

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.


You can keep track of seven forgiven sins

Keeping count up to 77 is not possible for most of us

Forgive


23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.


26 “The servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.


He begged for more time

The king forgave the debt and let him go

Why?

He knew the man would never be able to repay

The debt was too large


28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.


29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’

30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt.


Instead of returning the mercy that was shown to him

He had a man thrown in jail for a small debt

The kindness and goodness that was shown to him – he refused to share


31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.


Somebody is always watching you!

Children

Family

Neighbors

Community

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God


32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’


We receive kindness and goodness from God

We are expected to share that mercy, generosity and compassion with others

Goodness and mercy are about sharing, giving, being generous, having compassion – especially in dealing with the weak and the poor


34 In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”


How does one pay a debt when in jail?

Never

It is simply a punishment that never ends


This is the story of Christ

He demands payment

We cannot pay

He forgives

He gives generously

In this, he demonstrates his kindness and goodness


Jesus illustrates for us…

The strong help the weak

The wealthy help the poor

Our response…

We are to help each other

Especially the weak and poor


This story comes with a warning

There is a lot to loose if you are…

Unable to forgive

Unwilling to give

Un willing to have mercy on others


If you can’t forgive…

You can’t be forgiven

If you can’t forgive…

It’s probably because you haven’t accepted and understood the kindness and mercy available from God


The fruit of the spirit…

Is

Not has

We are to be kind and good

It is our nature in Christ


Galatians 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.


Forgive a lot!

God forgave because we could not repay

We honor God with our goodness and kindness to others

Someone is always watching!

Our inability to be good and kind comes with a high price

We are kind and good in Christ


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