Devotion: The Fruits of the Spirit- Kindness

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“Have you ever noticed how much of Christ’s life was spent in doing kind things?” – Henry Drummond

Being kind to one another should be a no-brainer right? However, I’m sure each and every one of you can list 10 instances where someone was unkind right off of the top of your head. Why is that? I am not just talking about non-believers, I am talking about Christian and non-Christian alike.

We are all called to be Jesus’s hands and feet. As his hands and feet shouldn’t we strive to act as he did? Let’s look at a few scriptures about kindness:

Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Matthew 25:40, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

The Lord wants us to be kind to one another, to everyone! Not just your family and friends or other believers, but to everyone. The things we do to others is a reflection of what we do to Christ. Aren’t we all his children? Aren’t we all truly “the least of these”?

What better way to show someone the love of Christ, than through kindness? I’m sure you have all heard the phrase “you will catch more flies with honey than vinegar”. Don’t you think that people would be far more inclined to listen to a kind person rather than a harsh one?  Through kindness let’s spread the Lord’s beautiful light.

My challenge for you today is to go out of your way to show kindness to as many people as possible! Give a compliment, hold the door, start up a conversation or even smile at those around you!

“Lord, thank you for showing us what kindness means. Help me today to spread that kindness and your love to all that I can. Help me to hold my tongue if anything but kind words try to come out. Help me to be your hands and feet. Amen.”

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