KINDNESS – Fruit of the Spirit
Galatians 5:22 NKJV
But the fruit of the Spirit is … kindness,
Kindness is defined as having or showing a friendly, generous, and considerate nature.
I personally like to define it as compassion in action.
Kindness is acting for the good of people whether the people deserve it or not and without particularly judging them.
Matthew 14:14-15 NKJV
And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
Jesus always acted out of love for the good of others. His love and compassion for people caused Him to act in kindness towards people even if they didn’t deserve it.
We live in a world where people’s love for one another has grown cold. People have become more selfish, more greedy, more stingy and more self-centred.
When Jesus went about healing and helping all those who needed Him, Jesus did not judge the people, nor decide whether the people deserved His help or not. Jesus would see a need and then He would meet it.
Matthew 5:45-46 NKJV
… for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
God’s kindness does not discriminate. Everyone needs God whether they know it or not. God continues to provide people’s needs whether people love Him or not.
The word kindness comes from the Greek word chrestotes (khray-stot-ace). Anyone who demonstrated this quality of chrestotes was considered to be compassionate, considerate, sympathetic, humane, kind, or gentle.
The Holy Spirit is able to help us to show kindness to others as kindness is an attribute and characteristic of God.
TODAY. Allow the Spirit of God to help you to demonstrate kindness to others.