“The fruit of the Spirit is …
love, joy, peace,
gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
What does kindness look like to you? An encouraging note, an unexpected gift, a homemade treat, a friend calling to pray with you, or a gentle touch towards someone who is feeling fragile. Whatever comes to mind, it probably brings a big smile to your face and a sense of loving care.
My mother-in-law would often say, “Kindness is love in its work clothes”. It is a call to action. Kindness is humbly giving of ourselves in love and mercy to others who may not be able to give anything back, who may not deserve it, and who may not thank us for it.
Simply put, kindness is a way of thinking that leads to doing thoughtful deeds for others. “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)
God wants us to demonstrate kindness because we are to extend His love and mercy to the world. Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the difference. When we consistently show tender mercies to others, little by little, it will add up to a changed heart – one formed by kindness.
Last week with my hubby, Tom, in the hospital having his hip replaced, we were on the receiving end of many acts of kindness. We are so grateful to the kind nurses and therapists, but also to the friends who came to visit and offer their help.
Thank you Lord for your loving kindness towards your children. Guide us to those who need a touch of compassion from you.
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