Monday, October 21, 2013

Fruits of the Spirit: Day 6 - Kindness

Galatians 5:22-23 -- "But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!"

Kindness is beautiful. There are so may small acts of kindness you can perform every single day just by being aware of the needs of people around you. The best part about kindness is that nothing is lost, you gain from God just as others gain from you.

Proverbs 11:17 -- "Your kindness will reward you, but your cruelty will destroy you."

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Kindness goes beyond just the acts of kindness, beyond only going out of your way to help others. It is also in your reactions to others, especially when you are hurt or upset, and even when you are excessively happy. Our reactions, our words, our tone all affect others. When we say disgruntled, degrading and mean things, we are being negative - this is not kind. When we are prideful and boast excessively of our accomplishments we are not kind.

However, even when we are sad or happy, if we are conscious of how our words and actions affect others we are being kind. This generous, merciful way to respond to others is the way God would have us treat others - with love.

2 Thessalonians 3:13 -- "As for the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good."

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It is not always easy to put our own feelings aside to be kind to others, but that is why God gives us kindness as a Fruit of the Spirit. It is not natural, it is divine and Godly. We can ask God to show us opportunities to be intentionally kind to others and show us where we need more help. Jesus will give you that help. No small act of kindness is ever wasted. God can turn a small kindness into a huge reward.
Day 2 - Love            
Day 3 - Joy              
Day 4 - Peace          
Day 5 - Patience       
Day 6 - Kindness      
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