Fruit of the Spirit – Kindness

The best description of kindness can be found in Philippians 2:3-4: “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

Kindness is love manifested through outward acts of selflessness and mercy.

That’s what Jesus did. That’s what God is still doing today.

In a society consumed with activities that cause us to be in a constant state of “hurry” – our lists are long and our fuses are short. Kindness is often pushed to the back burner, which is the exact opposite of where it should be placed on our list of priorities.

Kindness is a catalyst. It’s a spark that can literally change someone’s outlook on life. One small act of kindness could be exactly what someone needs just to get through another day. I don’t say that lightly. Thankfully the Holy Spirit can and will guide us. If we listen, if we stay in close communication with God, we will feel Him nudging us when it’s time to show someone the love and kindness of a Savior that truly cares about them.

We are the vessel; God is steering the boat. We just have to go.

This holiday season I urge all of us to listen. To take notice. To let someone in front of us in the line at Walmart. To tip the waitress extra. To send a handwritten note. To help. To be patient when we are out and about. To smile.

Let’s be kind.

“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.” – Luke 6:35

“Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.” – Proverbs 3:3

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