What are the differences in kindness, goodness, and gentlness?


Galatians 5:22

ESV - 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.

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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
Good question, Tony Brant! 

When I pastored the Genoa City Bible Church in Genoa City, Wisconsin, I went to Wonder Lake Bible Church in Wonder Lake, Illinois, at least once for a special event. The pastor there says, "Kindness focuses on our actions; goodness should describe our motives, and gentleness should describe the manner in which we handle people."

January 24 2022 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Without going into the specific Greek words that are translated as the three attributes cited in the question, I would characterize the differences by describing goodness as a personal attribute of uprightness in attitudes and conduct.

Kindness is expressed by outward actions that meet the needs of others, and that do so without any type of harshness or resentment.

Gentleness is meekness or humility that, even if conveying power or control, does so in a sensitive and reserved (rather than authoritarian) manner.

January 19 2022 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Best facebook picture! Carrie Hayes My name is Carrie Hayes and I am an ordained Minister
I believe that the sixth fruit of the Spirit is goodness; however, our bible tells us that the word “good” actually means holy, pure and righteousness. Literally goodness is godliness. Goodness can also be seen in our actions. 

And as for gentleness, I feel it comes from humility. Therefore someone who also lacks gentleness is often prideful and gets angered easily, or might feel the need for revenge. For us to be gentle we cannot view ourselves better than others. Thank you.

January 24 2022 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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