Fruits of the Spirit: Kindness
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." (Galatians 5:22-23)
What is kindness? It’s difficult to define such a vague word. Is it going out of your way to help others? Is it showing gentleness and compassion towards everyone around you? Whatever it is, it’s shown out of a deep-rooted love. The kind of love a parent shows their child; unconditionally and eternally. Certainly it seems this is more than a simple smile or a generous act.
If we want to keep this kindness, we’ve got to hold on to being loyal and loving!
Proverbs 3:3 (NIV) says:
'Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.’
The Message Version of Proverbs 3:3 says:
‘Don’t lose your grip on love and loyalty. Tie them around your neck; carve their initials on your heart.’
There’s a crucial link here between the two versions; this idea of kindness being love and truth being loyalty. The ultimate act of kindness is Jesus on the cross, because it was done from a place of perfect love. If we want to stay in a loyal relationship with Him we must be honest with Him. Do it now. Truthfulness will only help us see his kindness more strongly.
This verse is clear - wear it. Make it your first impression, your biggest feature - the love of Jesus shining brighter than anything else.
What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
So how do we show kindness?
1. Literally wear it
2. Thank God for the love and loyalty He’s shown us
3. Remember to use our kindness humbly
Rosie is in her first year of Hills Road in Cambridge. She loves malt loaf, laughing, God's grace, new socks and is nearly always found dancing. She can't wait for all God has to show her this year!