Hello Beautiful Woman. Welcome to Day 7. How has it been? Today we would be looking at the fifth Fruit of the Spirit that should characterize our lives as believing wives who want to be more Christlike everyday. Today we look at Kindness.
What is Kindness? Off the top of my head, I’ll say it is to be nice to someone. But judging from the world’s perspective on kindness, we are naturally often kind to those who are kind to us. It is automatic. It just happens. And that is us just being human. But as believing people, kindness goes beyond being nice. It doesn’t even choose based on past or previous experiences. The Kindness that the Spirit builds in us is pure and just like God.
See, I’ve been caught up in the bubble of “be kind to me and I’ll be kind to you.” Even with my husband. Yes. I remember the day I was going to go down that route again and the Holy Spirit would not leave me alone. So it happened that I was not happy that my husband didn’t put away the Laundry after I had done it so I wasn’t going to do it this time and let him, you know, “suffer” for it. Well, after that conversation with the Holy Spirit beside the Laundry basket, I ended up doing it and even more putting it away. Very funny right but yeah, that was one of such situations.
Kindness is having a compassionate heart towards others irrespective of whether they deserve it or not.
Kindness is an act of Love. Mark Twain said, “Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see” and I indeed agree. God’s kindness extends to everyone. Just like the sun, it doens’t choose to shine on the path of good people alone, it shines for everyone to see. So, when we are filled with the Holy Spirit of God, we exhibit kindness easily. And guess what when we are kind, it makes us feel good as it does the person we are kind to.
But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], KINDNESS, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.
“Now swear to me by the Lord that you will be kind to me and my family since I have helped you. Give me some guarantee that when Jericho is conquered, you will let me live, along with my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all their families.” – Joshua 2:12
Dear Lord, fill my heart with the type of Kindness that was in Jesus so that I will not treat poorly the people who you have positioned to save me from destruction.
So, as God’s own chosen people, who are holy [set apart, sanctified for His purpose] and well-beloved [by God Himself], put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience [which has the power to endure whatever injustice or unpleasantness comes, with good temper] – Colossians 3:12
Lord I know I am human and there are times when I just want to be kind to only those who in my own eyes deserve it. But Lord, I pray that everday as I wake up, I will always put on through your Holy Spirit a heart of kindness in Jesus name.
But instead be kind and affectionate toward one another. Has God graciously forgiven you? Then graciously forgive one another in the depths of Christ’s love. – Ephesians 4:32
Oh Lord, you have been so good to me. You didn’t judge me as the sinner I was, but because of your lovingkindness, you forgive me all my sins and in turn you have given me the best gift of Jesus. Lord, today, I let go of anyone I have locked up in the prison of my heart through unforgiveness and today I forgive them in the name of Jesus.
(At this point, you will want to mention their names out loud and if you cry at this point please do but commit before God to forgive them.)
When you’re kind to others, you help yourself; when you’re cruel to others, you hurt yourself. – Proverbs 11:17
Lord, I pray that my eyes is open to understand and treat everyone around me with kindness like Jesus. Don’t let me hurt myself Lord. Don’t let me hurt myself.
“I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind. – Luke 6:35,36
Lord, while I may not be able to be kind to everyone in the whole wide world, help me Lord to be kind to those you bring my way and let me do it expecting nothing in return but doing it because it is your command and I must obey you.
Now let it be that the girl to whom I say, ‘Please, let down your jar so that I may [have a] drink,’ and she replies, ‘Drink, and I will also give your camels water to drink’—may she be the one whom You have selected [as a wife] for Your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown lovingkindness (faithfulness) to my master.” – Genesis 24:14
Oh Lord my God, if just a simple act of Kindness is the key that open doors to all your promised blessing in my life, I pray that I will not be so carried away or insensitive to your Spirit that I lose this key. In this time when being kind to a stranger can be misunderstood, Lord let me not play it safe that I lose my reserved blessing in Jesus name.
Then the word of the Lord came to Zechariah, saying, “Thus has the Lord of hosts said, ‘Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion, to each other; – Zachariah 7:9
Lord, help me through your Spirit to practice Kindness everyday, showing your love to everyone that come in contact with me in Jesus Name.
Have you been selective in your acts of kindness? What will you be doing differently from now on?
Until I share with you tomorrow, if this is one area you have been asking the Lord to work on in your life, trust Him and show kindness today.
Beautiful Blessings Beloved.