This morning as I drove into town, I began to think about kindness. Acts of kindness.
My mom was the first person that came to mind.
You see, she took care of all our mail and things that needed shipped through our local post office. In doing so, she became acquainted with one of the employees that waited on her.
This employee is retiring this month. My mom doesn’t know her well at all. She doesn’t even know her last name. Yet, she asked me to order something online for her as a retirement gift.
I was impressed to say the least with Mom’s act of kindness toward this lady she barely knows.
My mom does stuff like this all the time – she is kind. Even if others are not necessarily kind to her, she is a kind, gentle lady. I want to be more like her.
The Bible says in Galatians 5:22-23; But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
I love, love, love how the Passion Translation says it!
But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails, gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit. Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless.
Kindness in action.
In our world today, everyone seems stressed beyond measure. Many people are angry and hostile – few are kind.
Even fewer show kindness in action.
However, we are not of this world. We are to be different. More like Jesus. The world should know us by our fruit.
Our fruit of JOY THAT OVERFLOWS.
PEACE THAT SUBDUES.
PATIENCE THAT ENDURES.
KINDNESS IN ACTION.
FAITH THAT PREVAILS.
GENTLENESS OF HEART.
AND STRENGTH OF SPIRIT.
Today, I want you to meditate on these things – are these fruits evident in YOUR life? Are you looking for ways to show kindness in action?
God is love. If God is in us, and He is, love should be flowing out of us on a daily basis. Kindness should be evident in our life. May God’s love and His kindness flow through us today – in word and action.
Meditate on this!
But instead be kind and affectionate toward one another. Has God graciously forgiven you? Then graciously forgive one another in the depths of Christ’s love. Ephesians 4:32