The Fruit of the Spirit – Kindness

kindnessOne of the positive aspects of our society is the fact that we witness acts of kindness being demonstrated daily to others. Persons donate money and material things to help victims of tragedies to get back on their feet. They help elderly persons to cross the road safely. Motorists on the main road will allow the other driver coming from a side road to exit. A few days ago, my wife’s money fell from her purse; a gentleman who was passing alerted her to what was happening. These are all acts of kindness that we are familiar with in our society.

King David in 2Samuel 9:1-12 deliberately sought after a descendant of King Saul for the purpose of showing him the kindness of God. Through his servant Ziba, David found out that Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan and grandson of Saul was still alive. Saul had made David’s life miserable by hunting him down to kill him. David had given him no cause for so doing. In spite of this, David returned all of Saul’s property to Mephibosheth and gave him a permanent place at the king’s table. This is an outstanding example of kindness.

Boaz, another wonderful man, showed kindness to Ruth who was a foreigner (Ruth 2:6-16). Sometimes we respond with kindness to persons from our race or country but treat the foreigner and the person from another ethnic group with unkindness. That is sinful in the eyes of God and ought not to be the practice of followers of Christ.

Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). The person who is led by the Spirit of God will perform acts of kindness to his fellow man. God was known to his people in the Hebrew scriptures as a God who demonstrated kindness to people(Jonah 4:2; Ps. 117:2). Followers of Jesus Christ are admonished to be kind to each other (Eph.4:32).

Acts of kindness can range from offering words of comfort and encouragement to giving food, money or other material things to those in need. Followers of Christ will not ignore the stranger on the street who asks for something to eat. Neither should we turn a blind eye to the cries of children who we know are being abused. Kindness should be shown to those who wrong us.

Kindness is a quality of God. God’s children are called to be like him in character. Kindness is one of the hallmarks of a follower of Jesus Christ. Let us walk as he walked.

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