Spiritual fruit: kindness

Read Galatians 5:22-26

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22

“He can’t talk very well in prayer meeting. He isn’t well educated. His net worth isn’t much, and he doesn’t have much money to give to the church or to charity. But whenever a new family moves into the neighborhood, he finds them, welcomes them, and offers to help them in any way. He is always ready to help a sick or handicapped neighbor. He is always nice and speaks to the kids in the neighborhood. He really has a talent for helping people in all kinds of small ways, and it does me good every day just to meet him on the street.” This is what a carpenter’s neighbor had to say about him. Basically, he was describing a kind man.

As with all fruit of the Spirit, God is the source and Jesus Christ is the best example of kindness. God was rich in kindness, which He showed through the ages by leading sinners to repentance (Romans 2:4). What impressed Paul about Jesus was His kindness in taking away the yoke of sin and the law, and replacing it with a yoke which is kind even though it cost Jesus the cross.

The only way to enjoy God’s kindness is to repent and let the Spirit bring forth the fruit of kindness in our lives. Think of one kind thing you could do for someone today; now, do it!

Prayer: Oh Lord, you have been kind to us; help us to be kind to others.

Prayer focus: for the growth of kindness.

Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and author of several books. He and his wife Jane live in Oneonta.