Kindness - Fruit of the Spirit Episode 6

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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
— Galatians 5:22-23 ESV

Kindness. People around us need some kindness. We loose sight of that sometimes when it seems others are not kind to us. But the Holy Spirit will develop this fruit within us. Our job is to practice kindness.

I’ve joined a Bible Study Fellowship and a few weeks ago. We are studying the People of the Promised Land and we’re in Joshua now. One of the ladies in my class made the comment that Joshua listened, prepared and took action.

How do you practice kindness? I’m glad you asked.

LISTEN -The first and foremost way we must practice kindness is by getting in God’s Word - daily. The more we seek the Lord through prayer and Bible study the more we will be allowing the Holy Spirit to develop kindness in us.

PREPARE -Next, put a smile on your face. Start the smiling first thing in the morning, even when no one by you are present! Listen to some uplifting Christian music and meditate on what you studied in God’s Word.

ACTION -Then put it into action by being kind to yourself and those you come in contact with each day. We are kind to ourselves by forgiving ourselves when we have sought forgiveness, by letting things go when we can’t change them and by remembering to Whom we belong. We are kind to others by smiling at them, listening to them and speaking nicely to them, even when we may have to say something that is painful.

You and I both know it’s not always easy to be kind, but it’s always the right thing to do. After all, how will others see Jesus and “want” Jesus if they can’t see Him in His followers.

12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. -Colossians 3:12-13