Fruit of the Spirit – Kindness

Today we are continuing to look at the Fruit of the Spirit, as found in Galatians 5: 22-26:

22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24 And those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.

Ok, this is the one that I think we really need to think about and ponder in our world today.  Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit.  Kindness is something that we, as Christians, should aspire to.  Kindness is something that the Holy Spirit should produce within us as Christians.  Kindness is a fruit that we Christians should truly seek to have within us. 

Kindness.  Not meanness.  Kindness. Not meanness.  

Our world today is cold and mean. And maybe it always has been.  It possible has been. But social media has, in my opinion, made it worse. In the past, if we were going to be mean, we had to be mean to someone’s face. But now we can be mean behind a keyboard, never knowing or considering who it is that we are being mean to you. 

The Spirit within us cannot allow that to be.  This isn’t to mean that aren’t to be strong or bold or passionate.  We are to that. We are.  That is good.  But, the Spirit will produce kindness within us. It must.  It has to. It is one of the fruit.  It is part of who we must be. 

Run to kindness. And run away from meanness.  And by the way, if you want an understanding of what kindness looks like, Biblically, read the book of Ruth.  That’s an entire (but short) book that lays out for us that God’s kindness redeems us, and then our kindness helps to redeem others.  

Kindness is a fruit, and it matters.  Kindness is a fruit of the spirit.  Not meanness.  

I’ll leave you with a poem from one of my favorites, Langston Hughes.  It’s entitled “Tired.”  

I am so tired of waiting,
Aren’t you,
For the world to become good
And beautiful and kind?
Let us take a knife
And cut the world in two-
And see what worms are eating
At the rind.

If we are tired of waiting for the world to be good, and beautiful and kind, let’s stop waiting.  Let’s be those things ourselves And then spread them through the world.  

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