Kindness – Fruit of the Spirit

Romans 2:4, “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?”

Ephesians 1:5-6, “(In love) He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”

Proverbs 3:3, “Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.”

Micah 6;8, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Kindness bears many names. It can be called goodness, mercy, grace, selflessness, etc. Really, its true connotation involves all of these. Kindness is not partial to any, but is loving and useful to all. It is the flip side of patience, in that, while patience merely tolerates and endures evil, kindness endures the evil and does good in return. And does this not accurately describe our Savior? He is good, merciful, gracious, self-sacrificing, impartial, loving, and has given us a promise of life instead of punishment for sin. If there is ever a virtue that is in our interest to assume in our conduct as believers, should it not be kindness?

We are kind because we are commanded to be kind. This is should be our first motivation to be kind, that God has explicitly commanded us in His Word to be so. We must be show kindness if for no other reason than that we are charged by our God to do so! As believers, it is in our greatest interest to obey the Scriptures, for we know that if anyone loves God, then he will obey His commandments. We claim to know and love God, but do we obey His Word? Do we hold fast to kindness, do we write it on the tablet of our hearts?

We are kind because we have received kindness. If we have received salvation, than we have become partakers of the greatest kindness imaginable. The idea of kindness itself already suggests that its recipient is simply not worthy of its graces, and so we were.  None of us can ever earn the kindness of God and the riches of His grace which were displayed through the death and resurrection of His Son on our behalf. Yet, God has bestowed kindness upon us, and chosen to provide us with the means to spend eternity in the heavenly places? Surely we are moved by this! Such goodness and grace shown toward us should open our hands and usher us toward the needy and the lost, willing to give anything for them that they may experience the same kindness which we has rained upon us from the Savior.

Finally, can I just share with you all the story of great man who was kind and compassionate? This was a man after God’s own heart. May we learn to be kind, good, and gracious as Kind David was, for it was this kindness that is desirable and which will conform us to the image of our kind and loving Savior Jesus Christ.

2 Samuel 9:3-8,11, “The kind said, ‘Is there not yet anyone of the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God?’ And Ziba said to the king, ‘There is still a son of Jonathan who is crippled in both feet.’ So the kind said to him, ‘Where is he?’ And Ziba said to the king, ‘Behold, he is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel in Lo-debar.’ And Kind David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar. Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, came and fell on his face and prostrated himself. And David said, ‘Mephibosheth.’ And he said, ‘Here is your servant!’ David said to him, ‘Do not fear, for I will surely show kindness to you for the sake of your father Jonathan, and will restore to you all the land of your grandfather Saul; and you shall eart at my table regularly.’ And he prostrated himself and said, ‘What is your servant, that you should regard a dead dog like me?’ “

Just a note, any previous posts in the Fruit of the Spirit series can be found here.

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