I read a beautiful example of Kindness which I would like to narrate.
“Leaving a store, I returned to my car only to find I had locked my keys and cell phone inside. A teenager riding his bike saw me kick a tire and say a few choice words.
“What’s wrong? He asked – I explained my situation.
“I said even if I could call my wife she can’t bring me her car key since it’s our only car.”
He handed me his cell phone – “Call your wife tell her I’m coming to get her key.”
“Well, that’s seven miles round trip” I replied
“Don’t worry about it” he said.
An hour later, he returned with the key. I offered him money, but he refused.
He said let’s just say I needed the exercise”
What was that? – Kindness!
The Fruit of the Spirit is our testimony before men that we are spiritual beings it is the proof of spiritual maturity. God expects His fruit to manifest in all seasons. The fruit is God-given and God driven. The attitude of a believer towards his neighbor must manifest the fruit of the Spirit even in tough times. Tough times, by the way, do not last, tough people do.
Kindness is a lifestyle – the medium through which the love of Jesus becomes tangible. Kindness is the language the deaf can hear and blind can see.
A primary school said this – Kindness is like a garden, kind thoughts are roots, kind words are blossoms kind deeds are fruits.
Our world is full of people who insult those around them, don’t open doors for old people and people with groceries, laugh at the misfortunes of others and try to show their superiority by dragging others down. – Yet there are also many people who let others go ahead of them in line, compliment those around them, hurry to open doors for people, sympathize with others’ in their misfortune and show willingness to serve others.
It’s easy to pick out the people who are showing kindness!
Proverbs 20:28 “Mercy and truth preserve the king, and by loving kindness he upholds his throne” – That is the kind of quality God wants of a leader.
What is kindness?
It is a mind-set well described in Philippians 2:3-4: “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests but also for that of others.”
Kindness is humbly giving of ourselves in love and mercy to others who may not be able to give us anything back, who sometimes don’t deserve it, and who frequently don’t thank us for it. It is a mindset that leads us to do good to others
Why does God want us to demonstrate kindness?
We are tools to extend God’s loving kindness and mercy and compassion to the world. We are His family so we are to become like Him!
How do we demonstrate more kindness?
Sometimes it’s the little things that mean a lot. For example:
- Complimenting others to help brighten their day
- Interacting wisely with strangers instead of by-passing them – smiling, helping…
- Talk with people who appear lonely
- Being kind and even changing routine if possible to make time for others
- Being a good giver
Grab every opportunity you get to be kind – they often come around several times a day.
Kindness is not a selfish attempt to get something for ourselves. It is a show of mercy and love to other human beings with no thought of reward.
The Holy Spirit is waiting to release this fruit of kindness through us.
Let us allow Him to help us demonstrate kindness to others.
May we all develop the same type of love and kindness God has for us
Let us pray:
Holy Spirit, I have understood that kindness is Your fruit which You desire to manifest through me. You are my helper – help me to grab every opportunity I get to show kindness and make it my lifestyle. In Jesus’ Name!