Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the spirit is…kindness
Kindness is hard to come by in today’s society. Even kind acts are sometimes done out of selfish motives. But if we are to truly bear the fruit that God has in mind, we must act in kindness out of love, not out of selfish ambition. Our motives matter a lot to God.
It’s true, that we are often rewarded for our kindness in this life. This, however, should not be our objective in doing kind things for others. Our main focus is to bring glory to God through our actions. Whether that is helping the poor, tutoring children, reading to our own kids, or whatever.
Kindness, again like so many attribute of the fruit of the spirit, comes out of love and it related to the other fruit. Without joy, we will not be able to show kindness because we will not be in the right state to do so. Without patience we will never be able to show kindness because sometimes we’re required to show kindness to those that are hard to love.
Show kindness from your heart, and show the love of God the Father to those who don’t know Him.
1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is… kind
There are some people who could just make you cringe with the way they treat those they claim to love. Insults, vulgarities, and general mean-spiritedness define these relationships. Could this really be love? Is it even possible that these people who treat each other worse than enemies have anything even resembling love for each other? You know the people…you’ve seen them out in public, they’re the couple at the dinner party that everyone else is sort of embarrassed for.
Love is so much more than just the way we feel about each other. The way we treat each other, however, is a reflection of what our true view is of those we “love”. It’s not possible to love someone in the true definition of the word and treat them with contempt or unkindness. When you love someone, you want to be kind to them. You want to treat them as though they are important and worthy of respect. There’s no room for intentionally hurting feelings, manipulation, or making them feel worthless.
Love is kind and our example is Jesus. The only perfect man to ever walk the earth treated His loved ones with the utmost kindness and respect. He expects us to do the same, not just for those we love, but for those He loves.