“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,”
“Love is kind” Paul wrote to the church in Corinth. In both cases He was talking about a quality that comes from the love that is God and that comes from God. It is not a kindness according to our love but one that is in accordance with God’s love. David knew the difference when he prayed,
“according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD.” (Psalm 25:7)
Humans tend to be selective. Therefore we will be inclined to be kind to the people we like and not to those we dislike. Sometimes we will be kind to those who show their gratitude and not to those who don’t. We may not consciously do anything unkind to those we dislike – however ignoring them may constitute unkindness.
God’s kindness is different. He ‘so loved the world’ which means everyone and not just the ‘good’ people. So Jesus died for everyone. Many of God’s blessings are for everyone and not just for a few. The blessings of nature, scientific and medical discoveries, education and employment opportunities are not limited to believers.
“He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:45)
The history of the church has not always been one of kindness. However, the church is made up of people, people who are supposed to demonstrate and reveal the love and open – heartedness of Christ. This is not only when they are in the building but out in the world of the everyday as well. Kindness starts in the way we think about people and moves on to the way we talk about them, talk to them and act towards them.
A simple act of kindness could change somebody’s life – each day
Lord, release Your kindness into me and through me – and help me to bring my attitudes and actions to You. Amen.