In the biblical sense, kindness connotes moral goodness, integrity, and/or usefulness. This word is translated “gentleness” in the King James Version, which connects it to the meaning of a gentleman or gentlewoman, someone who acts properly (according to God's word), with moral integrity and kindness.
We are brought to repentance because of God's goodness, not because of His judgment, as Romans 2 reminds us. This reminds us to keep our judgments to ourselves and to remain humble. Moral integrity combined with kindness–rather than getting caught in the trap of self-righteous judgment–is evidence of the Holy Spirit at work in a Christian's life.
In the biblical sense, goodness entails a morally upright heart and life. To put it another way, your heart is in the right spot. It has to do with not only being good but also doing good things while expecting nothing in return, including recognition for doing something "good." The goodness that comes from walking with the Holy Spirit is a response to faith in His power– because God is good, we are prompted to do good things for others by His power.
New Living Translation of 2 Thessalonians 1:11
As a result, we continue to pray for you, asking God to help you live a life worthy of his calling. May he give you the strength to carry out all of the good deeds that your faith inspires you to do.
Faithfulness is a character trait characterized by a combination of dependability and faith in God's confidence and eternal promises. Walking in the Holy Spirit produces faithfulness, which is evidence that the Holy Spirit lives within us and that our faith is in Him and Him alone.
5:7 in 2 Corinthians We don't walk by sight, but by faith.
Faith is evidence of things unseen– we understand by faith.
11:1-3 Hebrews Now faith is the substance of what is hoped for and the evidence of what is unseen. 2 For it was through it that the elders were able to obtain a good testimony. 3 By faith, we understand that the worlds were framed by God's word, and that the visible things were not made of visible things.
Gentleness (also known as meekness) is a character trait that comes from a Christian who is walking in the Spirit. It is a fruit that is produced as a result of the Holy Spirit's work within the individual. We are able to demonstrate God's gentleness to others because of His gentleness.
In Matthew 11:29, Jesus describes himself as gentle–meek. Take up my yoke and learn from me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and your souls will find rest.
This is how Wikipedia explains gentleness. “Gentleness is a personal trait that can be incorporated into one's personality. Kindness, consideration, and amiability are all part of it. Gentleness has a long history in many cultures, but not all. In terms of anger, Aristotle defined it as the virtue that strikes the middle: “being too quick to anger is a vice, but being detached in a situation where anger is appropriate is also a vice; justified and properly focused anger is known as mildness or gentleness.”
3:17 James The wisdom that comes from above, on the other hand, is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, and easy to treat, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
15:1 (Proverbs) Wrath is turned away by a gentle response, but grievous words incite wrath.
What a wonderful reminder for us to be gentle in our words and slow to anger.
Self-control is the ability to control one's body and desires–physically and mentally–as a result of walking in the spirit. It's the polar opposite of walking around in the flesh and satisfying one's egoistic desires.
Galatians 5:16-18 is a passage from the book of Galatians. Then I say to you: Walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfill your fleshly desires. 17 Because the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit lusts against the flesh, these are at odds with one another, preventing you from doing what you desire. 18 You are not under the law if you are led by the Spirit.
5–9 in 2 Peter But also for this reason, add to your faith virtue, virtue knowledge, 6 knowledge self-control, self-control perseverance, perseverance godliness, 7 godliness brotherly kindness, and brotherly kindness love, with all diligence. 8 For if you have these things and they abound in you, you will not be barren or unfruitful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these things is nearsighted, even blind, and has forgotten that his old sins have been forgiven.
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