Kindness: A Key Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5 : 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness [emphasis is mine], goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.

For relationships to succeed long term—at least as the New Testament describes success—kindness is essential. It is a partner with humility. Kindness means to be tender, gentle, sensitive, loving, compassionate. I think we should view it as a skill that we practice in regard to others. It is not merely a nice feeling or sweet intention. A skill involves what we actually do and the manner with which we do it. Kindness is an antidote to self-centeredness, projection, ambition, and aggressiveness. To be kind requires self-knowledge and self-restraint. We have to be able to “see,” be aware, in order to recognize both others and ourselves, to love both others and ourselves. It then requires skill to respond first to the other person and not first to ourselves. We are able to set aside ourselves in order to focus on others and respond to them where they are, where they are coming from. Our response is based fundamentally on compassion. Of course justice plays a role, but in the Christian life love is greater than justice. I Corinthians 13 says that love is the greatest.

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Scripture Readings for Sunday, November 26

First Lesson Ezekiel 34:11-16 , Ezekiel 34:20-24
Psalm Psalm 100
Second Lesson Ephesians 1:15-23
The Holy Gospel Matthew 25:31-46
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Sunday Rite I Eucharist

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Sunday Rite II Family Eucharist 8:50 a.m.

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Chicken Valencia with wild rice pilaf, salad and dessert. Cost $8.00.

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Date: 29 November 2017
Wednesday Morning Bible Study with Fr. Reid

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OSL Healing Service

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Wednesday Evening Eucharist

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We have separate MS and HS group times in the 6:00 o'clock hour and we are doing a simple dinner with our

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Kids Club (K-3rd graders) and God Squad (4-5 graders) meet at 6:00 p.m. in the children's area. Children's

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Nov. 29th 6-7:00 p.m. First Pageant rehearsal for k-5th graders (no kid's club or God Squad) This day we

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World Religions By, The Rev. Dr. L. Reid Hensarling September 6 Overview of The World's Religions September 13 The Development of Religion September 20 Ancient and Primal Religions September 27 Hinduism

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