Today’s thought is shared by Brenda Amon…
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,” ( Gal. 5:22)
“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 is kind to the ungrateful and the evil” (Luke 6:35). Our kindness reflects the heart of our Father. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).
Kindness is underrated. We think about it as being nice or pleasant, as though it’s mainly about smiling, getting along, and not ruffling feathers – kind of a mundane thing to have. The Bible’s view of kindness is so different from that. True kindness comes from the Spirit and tunes our hearts toward other people, often strangers, even when they don’t deserve it or don’t love us in return. We are to imitate God’s kindness by loving our enemies. Kindness is listed as a fruit of the Spirit in verse 6 of 2 Corinthians 6.
How am I doing as a Christian? Do I treat others kindly or do I think and speak harsh words to or worse yet, about them? How am I when I’m driving? Am I courteous to other drivers or am I rude to the one who just cut me off or is tailgating me? Do I say harsh words about them even though they can’t hear me?
Kindness is powerful and it is no small thing. It yields a peace and love in our lives and in the lives of those around us like nothing else can. “Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor” (Proverbs 21:21).
We open our Spirit-filled heart to the Lord when we ask Him to give us kind hearts that overflow through kind lips.
Dear Lord, please fill my heart with love and kindness for others so that they may always see Jesus living in me. Help me to only speak words of support and encouragement to those I come into contact with every day. In your precious Son’s Name, Amen.