Kindness is the fifth fruit that we can be filled with by the Holy Spirit. Some of the definitions for the Greek word kind include, “a nature permeated by kindness”, or “reasonable with sweetness.” Barnes Notes on the Bible describes it as “mildness of temper, calmness of spirit, and unruffled disposition.” Our best Biblical example of kindness is Jesus Christ. He modeled kindness throughout His life, specifically in His three years of earthly ministry. We are called to be kind and not just do random acts of kindness. It is supposed to be a part of our makeup. It is supposed to be an integral part of who we are.
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Galatians 5:22-23 says, 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!
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Look At The Order Of The Fruit Of The Spirit. Do You Think There Is A Reason That Kindness Follows Love, Joy, Peace, And Patience? Does Kindness Permeate Your Life When You Are Without Love, Joy, Peace, And Patience?
Read Colossians 3:12.
Have you ever thought of putting on kindness like you put on your clothes in the morning? Does it help to think of it that way? How do we put on an attribute of the Holy Spirit?
Read II Timothy 2:24.
According to this verse, who are the Lord’s servants supposed to be kind to? Is it hard for you to be kind to some people? Is it harder to be kind to people you know or to complete strangers?
Read Matthew 12:34.
I heard a preacher say, “what’s down in the well is what comes up in the bucket.” In other words, whatever is in your heart is what will come out of your mouth and reflect in your actions and attitudes. What’s in your well? Is there something down in your heart like anger, bitterness, or jealousy that is prohibiting kindness from coming from you? As you pray for kindness, examine your heart for love, joy, peace, and patience. Without these attributes, it will difficult to manifest kindness. Talk to God about what is in your heart today.
Pray this prayer:
Lord, I want to demonstrate kindness. I want it to be deep in my heart and just flow from me. Allow your Holy Spirit to work in me and cultivate the fruit of kindness in me…let me be kind to everyone. Let me show kindness to those I know well, those I barely know, and those who I don’t know at all. True kindness can only come from You. Amen
If you have received Jesus Christ, you have God's Holy Spirit, which includes His kindness all day long, every single day. He can change your perspective and how you see people, situations, and circumstances. Depend on His power and you can be kind, even when it's hard!
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