Our Spiritual Health checkup continues with the fifth characteristic of the “Fruit of the Spirit” – Kindness. (Gal 5:22-23)
We should be kind because
God is kind to us: Ephesians 2:8, “Because of His kindness you have been saved through trusting Christ.”
We want others to be kind to us: Matthew 7:12, “Do to others what you would have them do to you.”
A kind Person Is
Sensitive to others: Philippians. 2:4 says, “Each of you should “look” not to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Supportive by speak kindly: Proverbs. 15:4 “Kind words bring life, but cruel words crush your spirit”.
Proverbs 10:32: “Righteous people know the kind thing to say, but the wicked are always saying things to hurt”.
Sympathetic: Romans 12:15 “When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad share their sorrow”.
Straight Forward: Proverbs 24:26 “An honest answer is the sign of true friendship.”
Spontaneous: Galatians 6:10, “As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially those who belong to the family of believers.”
Think about it
You see we didn’t deserve God’s kindness? Titus 3:3 “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.” We were all like a prisoner shackled and chained in the deepest, darkest dungeon, our disobedience—our desire to do things our own way rather than God’s—stood between us and freedom. But when we accepted the truth—that true life comes only through Christ—the chains were broken and we were set free. God knew what we needed before we even asked for it. That’s kindness—the ability to recognize the needs of others and take steps to meet those needs. Kindness is understanding. It’s compassion.
Sources: Pastor Bill Ministries / Christianity Today – Amber Penny