Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Thoughts on Kindness

There are a few fruits of the Spirit that seem to get a little jumbled. What exactly is the difference between kindness, goodness, gentleness, and love?

As best I can tell, kindness is a combination of a mild-manner and an uprightness of character. It it is the combination of righteousness and gentleness.

Scripture speaks of God’s kindness. It is God’s grace that results in his kindness towards us (Ephesians 2:1-10), and it is His kindness that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4).

So if God’s Spirit is to manifest His kindness in our lives, what does that look like?

I think it’s using soft words to express hard truths. It’s doing what is right with an attitude that makes others feel loved and cared for rather than leaving them feeling like you’re doing them a favor and they’d better be grateful. It’s extending grace in order to bring restoration and reconciliation.

Let’s live out kindness in a practical way this week. Let us speak the truth in love. Let us serve in such a way that the people we are serving are made to feel valuable, rather than like they’re a bother. Let us be kind to those who are unkind to us, reconciling and restoring the relationship we have with them and pointing them towards the kindness of God and the reconciliation available through the cross.

Posted at 11:53 AM on November 23rd, 2014
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