The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT
Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – KINDNESS #2
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]
Rahab Protects the Spies
On Joshua 2:8-14 (NLT) says, 8 Before the spies went to sleep that night, Rahab went up on the roof to talk with them. 9 “I know the Lord has given you this land,” she told them. “We are all afraid of you. Everyone in the land is living in terror. 10 For we have heard how the Lord made a dry path for you through the Red Sea when you left Egypt. And we know what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River, whose people you completely destroyed. 11 No wonder our hearts have melted in fear! No one has the courage to fight after hearing such things. For the Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below. 12 “Now swear to me by the Lord that you will be kind to me and my family since I have helped you. Give me some guarantee that 13 when Jericho is conquered, you will let me live, along with my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all their families.” 14 “We offer our own lives as a guarantee for your safety,” the men agreed. “If you don’t betray us, we will keep our promise and be kind to you when the Lord gives us the land.”
Rahab came up unto them upon the roof; And she said – Rahab’s remarks show how panic-stricken the Canaanites had become (Joshua 24:11; Deuteronomy 2:25). She also shows convictions based on what she and the inhabitants of Jericho had heard about the mighty deeds of the Lord that had opened the way of the Israelites to the Promised Land. She was convinced of the supremacy of the Lord, and her earnest bargaining to save her relatives at the approach of the Israelite invasion testifies to the sincerity and strength of her faith. Her words suggest that she believed that the God of Israel was no local deity, but a universal one (Joshua 2:11).
On the book of Romans 2:3-4 NLT says, “3 Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things? 4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that His kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?“
Seven times in the first three verses, Paul used various forms of the Greek word for judgment (krima). Though human beings pass judgments, their judgments are judged by God. When we stand condemned before God, we have no higher court of appeal.
Paul ridicules the idea that a person might escape God’s judgment by correctly analyzing the wrong in others. Those Jews, who were guilty of the same sins for which God would judge and condemn the Gentiles, would not escape God’s judgment. All people, Jews and Gentiles, have sinned, and all stand condemned before God. Paul repeats this theme over and over.
God is kind in giving us life and its fullness to enjoy; He is tolerant and patient as He bears our ingratitude and sin. He postpones punishment in order to give people time to turn from their sin (see 2 Peter 3:15). But Paul was concerned that these Jews, overconfident in their special status with God and unwilling to repent of sin, were showing contempt for God’s blessings.
So, let me reminds ourselves that God’s kindness is also meant to lead us to repentance, because all people need to repent!
On the book of Matthew 10:40-42 NLT says, “40 “Anyone who receives you receives Me, and anyone who receives Me receives the Father who sent Me. 41 If you receive a prophet as one who speaks for God, you will be given the same reward as a prophet. And if you receive righteous people because of their righteousness, you will be given a reward like theirs. 42 And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.”
In Matthew 10:11-14, our Lord Jesus Christ described how the disciples should go about their ministry – staying in homes of worthy people (one of the Home Fellowship Churches Ministry). Those who would welcome the disciples would receive great reward. The word “welcomes” may refer both to hospitality (receiving the messenger) as well as conversion (receiving the message). Our Lord Jesus’ representatives (we as Born-Again Christian believers) carry all His authority. Those who welcome the disciples welcome our Lord Jesus Christ; those who welcome Lord Jesus welcome the Father who sent our Lord Jesus Christ. Again our Lord Jesus unmistakably claims His relationship to God. Lord Jesus spoke these words to His twelve disciples, but then repeated the saying three more times using prophets, righteous people, and little ones. To give a cup of cold water was an important act of courtesy and hospitality. The disciples definitely were “little ones” who were insignificant and despised in the eyes of the world. Those who would welcome the disciples merely because they were disciples would not lose their reward. Because the disciples would come with God’s authority, their acceptance by people would test the people’s attitudes toward God. It is that attitude that leads either to reward or loss of reward.
Observation: What do these passages say to you?
Interpretation: What do these passages mean to you?
Application: How do the meaning of these passages apply to you or to your situation?
Suggested Prayer: Father God, we come into your presence in Jesus name, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for Your agape love and for the Holy Spirit as our Helper and Comforter. We cling, yield, plug-in and tune-in to you Holy Spirit to help us to understand God’s Words, receive Your divine revelation, know the Truth, and obey them, in Jesus name, Amen!
God bless us, our families, and our loved ones!