2 Peter 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God’s choice of the word kindness reveals a compound word clearly defined within scripture. When studying a compound word, it helps to first consider the root word definition. Kindness contains the root word kind. A cursory look might reveal this study as quite simplistic, but a good Bible student exposes the spiritual depths of any particular truth. He first considers other uses of the word kind and then examines the words containing the same root word. For example, the Bible refers to something reproducing “after his kind.” The context of this phrase reveals that it refers to those belonging to the same family. Likewise, the compound word kindred incorporates the same root word kind and means to be within the same family. This truth is further confirmed by our subject passage referring to “brotherly kindness” (2 Peter 1:7). These truths indicate that a man demonstrates kindness as he treats other people as though they are a treasured part of his own family.
· (For children): Your mom, dad, sisters, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins are all members of your family. Because you love them very much, you treat them in a special way. God wants you to treat other people just as though they were members of your family.
· (For everyone): If kindness is treating people like family (though they are not family), can you think of anyone who has treated you with kindness?
· Name a few specific instances where the Lord showed a special kindness toward you. What are some ways in which kindness could be showed to others?
· As we study kindness, ask the Lord to give you a willing heart.
· Ask the Lord to help you exemplify true biblical kindness toward others.
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