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And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.Acts 2:47
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DID YOU KNOW KINDNESS IS A FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT?
James W. Farris
Last night Mickey and Hilda Cobb hosted the family devotional in their home. There was a group from Rivergate of about thirty-five people who attended. Matt Collins led the singing and shared a wonderful devotional message about the simple things we can do to make Christianity come alive through daily choices. Last night I started thinking about some other easy things we can do to show the world Christ in us. (Galatians 2:20) How about KINDNESS? I think we would agree the world would be a better place if everyone worked to be kind each day. Kindness refers to love in action or an act of love expressed in action. In Colossians 3:12 Paul writes, "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." This passage gives several qualities the Christian should "wear". Make the choice to be kind because it establishes your Christian character and is a command of God. There are three reasons why we should choose to be kind. Our ultimate example of kindness is God. God is consistently kind to us and I want to resemble God. (Ephesians 2:7, 4:32) Kindness fulfills the "Golden Rule" (Matthew 7:12). Jesus doesn't say "do to others as they do unto you" but to rise above the negative actions of those around you. Being kind actually benefits me. People tend to treat you like you treat them. We do ourselves a favor when we are kind. (Proverbs 11:17)
The fact of the matter is, kindness is a FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT which is not merely a good tool to enhance relationships, but is one area we cannot help but to grow in spiritually. So how can I become a kinder person? Being Kind begins by being sensitive to the needs of those around you. Philippians 2:4 describes the need to "look to the interests of others." People today are hurting and I realize we cannot magically fix every problem but kindness can give more encouragement and healing than we might think. When we are kind to each other, we will support and build each other up automatically. I don't know anyone who loves to be insulted or verbally abused. If you were given $1.00 for every kind word you spoke and $1.00 was taken away for every unkind word, would you be wealthy or poor? (Proverbs 15:4, 10:32) As a fruit, kindness means you will learn to be sympathetic. (Romans 12:15) I know expressing sympathy can be a difficult, uncomfortable thing to do. If a friend goes through a hard time with their health or loss and your reaction may be "I don't know what to say". Kindness is at times an unspoken expression of a sympathetic heart and simply being there for the ones you love.
So how can we begin cultivating kindness as a lifestyle today? First, it is a matter of the heart. The closer you are to Jesus the greater cooperation exists with the work of the Spirit. Second, Kindness is a matter of habit. Never be too busy to form the habit of being kind. Third, Kindness is a matter of choice. As Paul said in Colossians 3:12, choose today to begin wearing the quality of kindness to everyone you see and see what better place the world can be.
See you Sunday and bring a friend!