Kindness (Fruit of the Spirit)

Kindness is giving away what you believe is the last of your food to someone with no means of obtaining more and trusting that God will provide for you and your child (1 Kings 17:8-16). Kindness is giving a stranger a drink of water from your bucket and offering to water his camels as well (Genesis 24:15-21). Kindness is healing a sick and dirty child and letting them sit on your lap even when others look down on you for it (Matthew 19:13-15).

Kindness is acting on the belief that others’ needs are more important than your own. It is seen throughout the Bible and is an important part of the Christian lifestyle.

But what is an act of kindness? How can we be kind in our everyday lives? Well, it’s simple. Kindness is simply loving the unlovable, helping the helpless and caring for those who care nothing for you. It’s holding the door open for the pregnant mom trying to wrestle her toddler into church. It’s baking cookies for the crazy old lady across the street and offering to do her dishes. It’s wiping the little boy’s snotty nose in the nursery who won’t stop crying and then cuddling and comforting him until his parents return.

I love this quote because it is so true:

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” -Lucius Annaeus Seneca.

Think about how many people you see on a daily basis. We miss all of these opportunities because of our selfishness and pride when all it might take is saying “hi.”

Writing these words, I feel convicted that I haven’t been showing kindness to everyone around me. I live with seven people, for goodness’ sake! There are endless possibilities for kindness right there!

Think about it this way, we as Christian have been shown the greatest act of kindness ever and yet we are unkind and quick to accuse and be angry. How can we justify that? As Ephesians 4:32 says,

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”

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