Fruits of the Spirit – Kindness

“And David sent messengers unto the men of Jabeshgilead, and said unto them, Blessed be ye of the Lord, that ye have shewed this kindness unto your lord, even unto Saul, and have buried him.

And now the Lord shew kindness and truth unto you: and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.

Therefore now let your hands be strengthened, and be ye valiant: for your master Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah have anointed me king over them.” 2 Samuel 2:5-7

I like to look up the Webster Dictionary definition of words, especially with this devotion, because I find them to be practical in gaining an understanding what is expected of those who call themselves Followers of Christ. In this case, the definition is “The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate” As we’ve seen before, this Fruits is all about Action – doing something to represent Christ to others. It is also described as “…having a pleasant disposition…”, “…care and consideration for others”.
In today’s world, the act of being kind is so wanted that we’ve actually created a Foundation (Random Acts of Kindness) and a recognized day, specifically designed to encourage us to be, at least for this one day, kind to one another. Wow. It speaks volumes that we need that reminder, doesn’t it? Here are some of the suggested “random” acts:
  • Paying it forward at the coffee shop
  • Helping someone change a flat tire
  • Taking muffins to work
  • Buying extra at the grocery store and giving to a food pantry

Yes, I believe we all would consider this acts of kindness. But should they be so random? No. As Christians, were actually instructed that this should be part of our character.

You see, kindness is an action that look outwardly and, with open arms, says, “How may I express my friendship to you?” “How can I give more than what is necessary or expected?” “What is the consideration I can show to you?”
Father, your Word can sometimes be easy to read but difficult to put into action. Not because they are challenging in and of themselves, but because our flesh does rebel at being subservient to Your perfect will. In this case, to show kindness to others. In every situation and circumstance. Please, by Your Holy Spirit, help us to be friendly, generous, and considerate in our expression of Your love and grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.