Should We Be So Random in Our Acts of Kindness? {A Bible Study Outline}

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Though “random acts of kindness” was certainly a phrase (and even book titles) in the past, social media has transformed this into a popular trend across the globe. Pinterest is overflowing with “random” ideas while Facebook, Twitter and Instagram also share boasts of individuals’ acts of kindness. Personally, I notice it more around Christmastime, but the trend is not completely attached to the holiday season.

Being kind to one another is a wonderful thing to focus on, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with it. But, as Christians, we need to be less random and more intentional.

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know I share simple Bible study outlines in order to equip you for leading a small group. It’s always good to have a few lessons in your back pocket in case you’re called upon! So, with that said, let’s dive deeper in…

Free Bible study outline: Should we be so random in our acts of kindness? What does the Bible teach us as Christians?


Should We Be So Random in Our Acts of Kindness? {A Bible Study Outline}

In Galatians, the apostle Paul combats some misguidance the new believers in Galatia were receiving. He defends the gospel, crushes misconceptions and goes on to describe the full and true freedom one receives when living by the power of the Holy Spirit. Chapter 5, verses 22-23 share one of the most well-known passages of the Word:

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

Right smack in the middle of that list is kindness. What do you think of when you hear that word? Someone opening a door for another? Donating to the homeless shelter? Watching your son share his candy with his little brother? These are lovely acts, but the kindness referred to here in the Bible is more than a single action.

Kindness should be interwoven throughout our very countenance. It should be part of both our personality and our actions. Kindness should be expressed through our every interaction with others and for others. There should be a tenderness and a compassion. Kindness should be given even when undeserved.

In Titus 3:4, Jesus’s coming to earth is described as a kindness. God sent His son out of love and this type of kindness is indubitably unmerited. In His great mercy, Christ saved us by coming to teach us how to live and then ultimately dying for us. This is the type of kindness we are called to produce as we let the Holy Spirit penetrate our lives.

We cannot just suddenly decide to produce the fruits of the Spirit. We cannot obtain them without Christ’s help. If we truly desire to live out kindness in our every day, it is essential that we stay close to Jesus — reading the Bible every day, talking with Him and obeying Him. This allows the Holy Spirit to display these important character traits in our lives, ultimately reaching others for the sake of eternity.

Questions & Conversation Starters

  • Can you think of an act of kindness from someone else that changed your life?
  • Have you participated in a “30 Days of Random Acts of Kindness” or other similar activities? How did it encourage you?
  • Read Titus 3:4-8. Considering Jesus’ purpose as described in this passage, how has your personal definition of “kindness” changed?
  • What are the things which are “excellent and profitable for everyone” in Titus 3:8?
  • Have you ever struggled with being kind in order to maintain a certain appearance or reputation?
  • Read the story of The Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37 and:
    • Consider your local church. Is it prone to be “kinder” to those in a better position, financially or socially? Share your thoughts.
    • Consider yourself. Can you think of a time when you did not make a personal sacrifice that would have ultimately shown kindness to another? Share your experience if you’re comfortable.
  • Bring to mind someone in your life who is poor or in need. In what ways could you produce this fruit of the Spirit, kindness, into his or her life?
  • How can you improve your daily relationship with Jesus in order for the Spirit to be able to produce more fruit in your life?
  • Pray together. Share specific requests for improving your fruit of kindness and lift each other up.

Click here for a printable PDF version of the above outline.

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