Fruit of the Spirit · Study

Kindness

She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

Prov 31:26

I took my son to a play area in the local mall recently. He was the smallest of the children there, but he was so excited to be around the other kids. One of the oldest children there invited my son to play with him and a few other kids. He tried to help him climb the play set they were on and despite the fact that my son still speaks baby gibberish, the boy kept talking to my son, asking him questions and including him in their imaginary play. As a mother it made me feel good to see my son being included and how happy the kindness of the older boy made him.

Imagine how God must feel when He sees His children being kind to one another. How pleasing are our support and kind words to Him? I want to teach my son to be kind to others. I want to be an example to my peers of what kindness looks like. Like the Proverbs 31 woman, I want to speak with wisdom and teach kindness, not just verbally, but by my actions. It is pleasing to God when we do so.

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to the ungrateful and evil.

Luke 6:35

God is kind. Not just to those who love Him, but to the ungrateful and the evil. That should be an example to us to not only be kind to those that make it easy to be kind to. But to be kind to those who turn their noses up at us, to those who don’t care to say thank you, and even those who repay kindness back with evil.

We should deliver that kindness without expecting anything in return. When we do something with an expectation of receiving a thank you or a pay back, we are not acting in true kindness. And when we are let down or our expectations are not met, we end up upset and angry, or hurt. So it is better to do acts of kindness without any expectation of anything in return. That is when we are able to do things wholeheartedly.

Don’t Give Up

But as for you brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.

 2 Thes. 3:13

Let’s face it, it can be exhausting to always be available for someone else, to always meet someone else’s needs or giving of yourself for someone else’s benefit. We give to our children, husbands, family, friends, church, community, work, etc. We show up and deliver day in and day out, and sometimes we may ask ourselves, “What’s the point?” The bible instructs us to not grow weary of doing good. If we remain faithful in doing good toward others we glorify our God and He smiles upon us. We are also indirectly doing good for ourselves. We add to our lives with each blessing, act of kindness and good deed we do for others.

Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?

Rom. 2:4

God’s kindness leads us to repentance

God’s love for us, displayed through kindness, tolerance and patience, causes our hearts to be changed and brings us to repent. When we repent we draw closer to God. We enter into fellowship with Him and He delights in being one with us. When we are kind to others, especially those who seem undeserving, we share God’s kindness with them, which can cause them to have a change of heart and draw closer to God.

What an honor it is to be used by God to lead someone to repentance! That God would even allow us to be part of something so life changing for someone else is a true testament of His love for us. So it is important that we take His instruction to be kind, and teach kindness seriously.


Take Away

We have a responsibility to be kind. Not only is it a responsibility, but it is a privilege, because He uses our kindness to change lives. Although it can become tiresome always serving others, it is worth it and we are encouraged to not give up. Pray and ask God how you can be kind to others. Seek out opportunities to teach about kindness or to show kindness. Have faith that God will work through your faithfulness and watch Him change lives. Be blessed!

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