“If a  man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.” ~ Francis Bacon

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop

“But the fruit of the Spirit is … kindness …” ~ Galatians 5:22 NIV

In our continuing series on being like a tree in 2012, we’ve been taking a closer look at the types of fruit that develop in a life that’s being transformed on the inside by God’s Spirit. Today’s fruit is kindness.

Kindness is also translated as benignity, gentleness, or sweetness. It is a sweetness of disposition. A mildness of temper. A calmness of spirit. An unruffled disposition. A very rare grace. Polished manners. Hospitality. A readiness to help. Kindness treats everyone with politeness. It is not crabby, morose, sour, or harsh.

Kindness is God’s nature extended. It is God’s love flowing through us, moving from the heart to the helping hand. It disposes us to make others as happy as possible. To treat others with kindness and respect. It is love that maintains relationships through gracious aid in times of need. It is goodness in action or love that is demonstrated by doing something.

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

“And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.” (2 Timothy 2:24 NIV)

If I’m going to be kind to those around me, it’s going to take a heart change and the previous fruit of love and patience. I can’t have one without the others.

What about you? Who do you know that is kind? Do you find it easy to be kind or not? What circumstances make it difficult? How could that change?

Like A Tree – Fruit of Kindness
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