With lovingkindness have I drawn thee. ~ Jeremiah 31:3
Kindness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It’s expressed when you genuinely act friendly, generous, or considerate. It involves compassion, tender concern, and uprightness in both thoughtfulness of heart and thoughtfulness of action.
What’s interesting about kindness is that it always involves an action. For God’s kindness gave us salvation (Titus 3:4-5; Romans 2:4; 11:22). In kindness, God provides green pastures, quiet waters, and the renewal of our minds when we’re exhausted (Psalm 23:2-3). God’s kindness leads Him to gather us under His wings, protect us and keep us close to Him in His everlasting abiding love (Psalm 17:8; 36:7; 61:4; Matthew 23:37; John 3:16).
Jesus showed kindness by healing the sick (Matthew 14:14), raising the dead (John 11:35, 38), feeding the hungry (Matthew 15:32), preaching in love (Mark 6:34), casting out demons (Matthew 8:16), interceding for His disciples and the Church (John 17:20-21), and giving His life (John 3:16). Jesus also touched those considered untouchable (Matthew 8:1-4), spent time with those rejected by society (Luke 19: 5), and showed compassion to those suffering (Luke 8:48).
Kindness caused Jesus to help those in need (Mark 6:34; Mark 7:29; Mark 10:46-52). Kindness leads the Good Shepherd to rescue you when you stray (Luke 15:3-7). When you feel rejected and downtrodden, Jesus lifts you up in kindness. Luke 6:31, instructs… Do to others as you want them to do to you.
For kindness… only in talk is useless… easily ignored and forgotten. But kindness demonstrated through action… shines irresistible and is long remembered. When you act in kindness, you become useful to others.
It doesn’t matter if the act of kindness is great or small… it’s never wasted. Nor… can you do kindness too soon. For, acts of kindness make you a better person. It leaves those receiving the kind deed better than they were before.
So, whether it’s sharing a cookie with an elderly neighbor. Donating to a favorite charity or giving your time to help with disaster relief efforts thousands of miles from home. Kindness makes a difference! By exercising this fruit of the Spirit, you’re bearing witness to the Master Teacher.
Know that kindness is contagious! Being kind to others, encourages them to be kind to others, and on-and-on it goes.
God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.