Fruit of the Spirit: Day 6

Kindness

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Today's Text: Luke 6:35-36, Ephesians 4:25-32, Colossians 3:12-13

And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.

- Ephesians 4:32, HCSB -

These days we talk about random acts of kindness and “paying it forward” like we’re running some sort of karmic racket, doing good things as a way to score more points for the Nice Team. But kindness as a fruit of the Holy Spirit has less to do with the good deeds of our outer lives and more to do with the posture of our inner lives.

Biblical kindness is an outward fruit of the inward work of the Spirit. We are kind as a way of being more than a way of doing.

I have a friend who is always unnecessarily kind to me. She shows me more mercy than I can imagine. She believes the best of me and she hopes for more of Jesus in my life. She suffers through not-so-pleasant times in our friendship for the sake God’s glory and our good. Her kindness to me mirrors the kindness of Christ.

The Greek word for kindness used in Galatians 5 is chrēstotēs, which means “moral goodness” and “benignity.” Benignity means bringing a person no harm. Christ uses the root of this word chrēstos in Matthew 11:30, when He says His “yoke is easy”—meaning, it doesn’t needlessly burden.

We also know from Scripture that being kind is much more powerful than just being nice. Romans 2:4 tells us that God’s kindness leads us to repentance. In other words, kindness has the power to transform. It is not weak, it does not ignore, it does push things under the rug. Kindness can change our own lives and the lives of those we love. In Ephesians 4:32, we are commanded to be kind and compassionate to each other, forgiving others just as God has forgiven us. It is this forgiveness from God—and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in us—that prompts our kindness to others. Think of our kindness as a sort of through-line for God’s goodness to us. We have the privilege of pouring out that kindness from the Holy Spirit to others! We get to mirror the kindness of Christ, kindness that leads to life-changing repentance.

The Christlike kindness my dear friend shows to me is not simple. It requires abiding in the Source, yielding to the Spirit, and submitting to the Heavenly Father. But, as a result of her obedience, I feel unconditionally accepted. I know, by God’s grace, she never means me harm or burden me with a mantle that isn’t mine to bear.

In a world where kindness is often used as a tool for getting ahead, it’s incredibly comforting to encounter those people who embody biblical kindness. Will we be those people today? The fruit of kindness is proof of the Holy Spirit’s good work in our hearts. It is powerful to change lives by pointing others to Jesus, the true Source of everything good.

What could be sweeter than that?


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  • Christine Levesque

    Could not have come at a better moment. After a disagreement with my husband and while feelings were hurt I read this devotional. Conviction for sure. Thank you Lord, I needed this gentle reminder

  • “We are commanded to be kind and compassionate to each other, forgiving others just as God has forgiven us” I have to admit that I have not been embodying biblical kindness these days to those around me who are hard for me to love. Today’s devotional has convicted me and I felt God’s gentle rebuke. I pray that I will be able to be one of those people who always embody biblical kindness.

  • Omnia Koumi

    I have always thought for myself as a fair nice person. I am not sure I can confidently say that I embody a Godly kindness. It’s definitely made look more at my char

  • Victoria

    “No fresh water ever came from a poisoned well.” This simple sentence is a reminder of what Ephesians 4:29 teaches us…”let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths.”

    How often do I speak without kindness and love? If my words are to be an outward fruit of the inward work of the Spirit, I’ve got to be A LOT more intentional and constructive with my words!!!! I can be so incredibly harsh, especially when hurt! I truly struggle with this every single day!

  • Great challenge for me to BE a kind person rather than just trying to do kind things!! God, I need your Holy Spirit to help me! This isn’t easy!

    • Elizabeth

      exactly Julie!! my struggle as well. doing nice things for people comes very easily to me! but BEING kind is a whole other story.

  • Caroline

    Lord, You have shown me such kindness! Help me to do the same to others, and to fully understand the importance of being kind!

  • Kindness, it is the sweetest of fruits, and yet being nice is a a fruit gone bad, rotting in your mouth, but you cannot spit it out. To be kind is to be honest, someone that will treat you with godly love and yet they will still tell you when you are heading the wrong direction. But when you are nice you curb your speech to fit what the other person would like to hear. You hold your tongue from scolding that person. Instead you say only nice things, and try to not make that person think about their inner struggles. There are some times when being nice is aloud , but kindness is always necessary. To be nice is to make small talk, to be kind is to pray.

  • I need this most With my family!

  • This verse from Ephesians 4:32 is the heart and soul of why Jesus is the way, why I believe. It is not easy to live this verse but imagine if we all did, imagine how different our world would be.

  • I needed this today. It’s hard enough for us to embody God’s grace and love in all that we do, but even harder when you live in New York (as I do). I will make an effort to show kindness and humility today.

  • I make service to others a reoccurring theme in the lessons I teach to my children. Kindness is a necessary component to serving others. We have a sign in our home that reads “work hard, be kind” which I made when I saw a sign that said “work hard and be nice.” I thought then that “nice” wasn’t the thing to strive for. And I feel grateful that I looked deeper, feeling that nice was about how others view you, a temporary condition. While being kind is about the nature of one’s heart. A nature given to us by God. I’m learning more and more that although we may desire it, we cannot attain these good things without our Savior.

    • Kristen

      Love your words! Condition vs Nature is so true!
      An imight have to make a sign like yours for our home

    • Kristen

      Sorry for the typos.. My phone won’t cooperate;)

  • BlessedandFavored

    I’m grateful for clarification on kindness and it also forces me to show kindness to myself in times of doubt and fear my self talk can be brutal I have forgive and be kind to “me”

    • Tara

      How true- this really got my attention. We can be so hard on ourselves. It’s important to also be kind to ourselves so that we can allow the kindness of the Spirit to work on us and through us.

  • Nikki Falvey

    I’ve always equated kindness with niceness. I see now that kindness is deeper and more meaningful, a sign of the Spirit

  • Amen! I loved this one!

  • I’m so guilty of this bad mouthing. Working at a coffee stand early in the morning, is not an easy thing to handle, most people are extremely rude and it is hard when most of them are almost going out of their way to be rude. Bite your tongue! Bite your tongue! And I do. But when they leave I’m guilty of a snarky comment. Lord please help me, I am truly kind, but not Fruit of the Spirit kind! Help me reach higher levels through the kindness that you give us wave and every moment of the day!

    • Happygirlx2

      Tayler, I know exactly how you feel. I’m an elementary school librarian at one of the toughest schools in my city. The children are difficult to say the least. I too am guilty of making snarky and downright hateful remarks. This lesson is right on time for me. I’d pretty much given up on saying anything nice. Now I see what being kind is. God has been kind to me when I didn’t deserve it. As a Christian I should be kind. I’m still struggling with this so I have to read the scriptures to this lesson everyday and I have certain verses taped to my desk. I pray that you and I both begin to exhibit kindness.

  • Such a great reminder to check our posture and make sure it’s coming from our Heavenly Father! :)

  • 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
    What a great reminder when I am trying to forgive—-Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Yikes! I really need to forgiving sooner.

  • Jen Guarino

    I agree Faith! Kindness is a character attribute and not an action. I had never really thought of it in that way before.

  • Faith Hunt

    It’s easy to forget kindness is a thing to be, not do, and that was sure a great reminder.

  • Being a college student in a large, state school, I encounter a lot of people who have disdain for religion and outwardly express their disinterest in God and anything to do with Christianity, but they all talk about being “nice”. Being nice isn’t a fruit of the Spirit for a reason-because its outward only. Kindness comes from Him. This devotion was so on point, thank you for your insight and your vulnerability!

  • I know I feel like I am being kind when I do things for people and it is, but I also expect to be recognized for it. This is something I truly needed. God give me the kindness that comes from you, give me humility.

  • Tomorrow my sister is getting married… As much as we lover her and want the best for her, her attitude and marriage to this man has caused great turmoil in our family. I needed these words. This reminder to show grace and forgiveness… Humility and tender-heartedness. I needed it. God give me your strength… Shine through me so that my life and attitude can point back to You.

  • I absolutely loved the scriptures for today, they really spoke to me. I also like the reminder that kindness is a state of BEING, it is not just something we DO. Wonderful devotional today, thank you!

  • Wow, this has been such a wonderful study plan. This plan has been opening my eyes on how beautiful the Holy Spirit is. I mean I thought I understood the Holy Spirit but this is bringing it to a whole new level for me. It’s amazing that God gave us this gift, the Holy Spirit, to save us, to love us,… To be kind to us. What a beautiful reminder. Thank you Jesus. I pray I continue to dive into your word everyday to continue to allow the fruit of your spirit to grow in me. I pray all this in Jesus name. Amen.

  • Kasey Summers

    “Biblical kindness is an outward fruit of the inward work of the Spirit. We are kind as a way of being more than a way of doing.” Lord, fill all I do with kindness.

    • Kim

      Thank you for this reminder. It’s amazing how we can think that ACTING kind or DOING kind things defines kindness, but it’s the complete opposite. It’s a state of BEING. Wow. I feel that this is one fruit I certainly lack in my life because of all the turmoil I’ve had in my own life. I didn’t realize how much this lacked in my life until today. God is so good to help us through life and help us be molded into Jesus’s image

  • crownoflaurels2014

    Hayley.. love love love this.

  • Mrs.Walton

    But it’s so hard sometimes, forgiveness is so hard when you’ve been hurt over and over by the same people. Lord take my anger and bitterness from me let me feel your peace.

    • Kymmi

      I completely understand this. This week especially, I had to call loudly for the Holy Spirit to help me forgive my loved ones who seem to continue to hurt me. Remembering God’s love for me, and how he continues to forgive me when I mess up, helps a lot. Praying for you <3

  • “Kindness has the power to transform.” Wow. Lord, please let me live in kindness today.

    • Deanne

      When I read that I thought, Wow, how much Godly POWER do I pass up in my life when I refuse (or am too lazy) to be kind, or gentle, or patient…

  • Victoria K

    I love that I highlighted Ephesians 4:32 snd then its used in the graphic.

  • michelle of LA

    "It is this forgiveness from God—and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in us—that prompts our kindness to others. We have the privilege of pouring out that kindness from the Holy Spirit to others! " AMEN sister and thank you for this ……………. michelle

  • Meg Gorman

    LOVE this! I want to live in kindness as Jesus did so others can be transformed. I pray that I always abide in Him and His ways so that others can see Him in me.

  • Wow!!! I want to be clothed with Jesus kindness. Kindness that is not weak, but transforms!! A kindness that comes from submission and abiding. God spoke big to me through this reading today!! Thank you!!!

    • Julie Fay

      It’s super fruit cause it’s supernatural! Only by abiding in him like grapes on a vine can we gain strength and live and thrive. It’s not just looking like a big plump grape but gaining flavor and care from his kindness to us.

  • Shirley Burkenpas

    I am Guilty! Time to clean the rug! You can be kind with loving accountability even if it is upon inwardly , yourself! I am not doing any 'favors' if I can not be "real in Jesus Christ" with my self to others, whose vision is so much 'sharper in His Reality ' than I would give credit . Self-exam can be rather hurtful, but necessary in order to really "grow in Christ Jesus" as HE has lived out and taught us through His Ongoing Eternal Word of Truth". Taking a deep breathe into His Kindness, holding it, as it permeate's our lives…Thank You Lord Jesus for Your Abiding Holy Spirit within us.

  • We have the opportunity to allow God's kindness to flow through us and become tools to bring others to Christ. On the other hand, when we fail to do this, we can be the very thing that drives someone away from Him. True kindness flows whether or not we *feel* kind. We must abide in Him, drawing nearer each and every moment, in order for this to happen. I don't know about you, but my biggest enemy is busyness. Like Martha, I get distracted with my to-do list and all of the things I think are important, and I miss the better part. Each and every moment, of each and every day…abiding in Him, and the fruits of the Spirit flow naturally.

  • I must confess that I struggle with true kindness, the kind that she talked about today. I’m nice but I’m usually not kind (especially to those closest to me, unfortunately). Please pray for me to abide more in Him so that His Kindness, the kind that leads people to repentance and reconciliation, would grow in my life! Thank you.

    • kgj9999

      The Holy Spirit has been prompting me more and more about abiding in Him. The fruits flow naturally when I do, but when I don't, it gets ugly. Thank you for this reminder about abiding more and more in Him.

    • Elisabeth

      Maya I so can relate….I have been called nice by many people but when I look into my heart I find that kindness is many times lacking. I need to let go of the hurt, anger and judgement I feel for those closest to me and use more kindness. With practise I hope to become better:)

  • Moriah Joy Gibson

    Growing up my mom was a stay at home mom of 4 and a pastors wife . Before kids she was a hair stylist . She never ever said no to anyone when they wanted their hair done. This meant every family party anywhere we went even my own grandmas funeral she was in the bathroom selflessly cutting hair. I never understood. As I got older I insisted she stop. I hated to see her be a “doormat”.
    Oh my hard bitter heart! She was showing Jesus in the way she could. Kindness , cloak me in it oh lord !

  • Michelle

    I’ve been thinking lately – over the past few months – that I don’t want to just be known as the “sweet” girl without someone seeing Christ in me; I don’t want to be kind for kindness’ sake; I want to be kind because that’s how Jesus treated us. I’ve never had a particular problem with being unkind (to most people), but I can’t say that through my kindness people automatically see that I love the Lord. I want to be bold in my kindness. “Undeservedly kind” as you put it. Thank you for this!

    • Krystle

      I feel the exact same way Michelle! It’s important to be seen as kind because people see the kindness of Christ in us. This is something I really need to work on as well.

    • Regina Marie

      Yes!

  • sweetdes2014

    Thank you for this timely post. I am attending an event today which requires kindness and forgiveness on my part. Thank you for getting me started and confirming my role.

  • What a timely post this morning. Kindness and forgiveness can be especially hard when the one who has done wrong is a convicted criminal who has committed an act of terrorism. The Boston marathon bomber was sentenced to death yesterday, the first time anyone in Massachusetts has been sentenced to death in decades. I pray that we can forgive him, though from what I’ve seen on social media it will be a hard if not impossible task for many. As a resident of Watertown, where he was captured, I am close to the situation, but not as close as those directly affected by the bombs. I as you all to please pray for the survivors, the families of those affected, and for Tsarnaev himself.

  • “It does push things under the rug.” Perhaps a “not” was accidentally left out? Excellent, edifying post otherwise! Thanks for your hard work on it!

  • Megan Gilley

    Caution: I’m going to do my best not to rant.

    I shared recently that I have some in laws that have started to persecute me (claiming I’m manipulative, annoying, ignorant ect.) These are people that I knew from day one needed Christ’s love. They go to church, love respect, love loyalty, are all for God, love Jesus but their hearts are sooo judgemental. To put it simply, they operate very much so on conditional love. I’ve done my best to love them, prayed before each encounter and prayed God would change their hearts-for years. To make matters worse, my husband works for them in a family business and I’ve seen signs of them trying to parent us financially. They’ve mentioned “sitting us down as a family” to discuss reasons they are upset with us. -(I’m cringing right now as I feel a fine line being crossed between the covenant made with my husband)

    Being SO hard to love them unconditionally, the last straw was drawn when they started making accusations about me, judging my character, ect. They simply do not know me or my heart and made claims based on their twisted perceptions- based on their sick hearts. Does that make sense? But to wrap this up, I was so deeply hurt and caught off guard by them that being kind was too much for me. I do realize now that I had to let go of their approval and desire to make them happy, but continuing to love them like Christ loves is/was extremely excruciating. I tried to muster up this fruit of the spirit called kindness on my own. My main focus started to morph into “being better” than them, being TRUELY a follower of christ by sucking up my feelings and showing them kindness. I turned it into being “better” and therefore my heart started to become sick with anger and sadness and much grief. I know now it’s ok to not feel kindness- But to pray that God place it in my heart again. Once my eyes were back on him and not on “being better” than my in laws by forcing kindness, I was truly set free and developed good wholesome and organic kindness for them. Not through my own efforts, but through Christ. Probably should have wrote a blog post about this instead of blowing up your feed but figured this is a safer place to share these things. Love y’all so much!

    • chrissy

      Praying God's Spirit washes over you and satisfies your heart with His love and kindness right this moment! May He continue to mend any "leftover" pains and aches and bring you to complete healing. May His kindness to you overwhelm and overflow in you so much that it cannot be contained and MUST spill out to those around you, especially your in-laws. To love those who don't love us (or don't show us love the way we are expecting or longing for it) is truly impossible apart from the Holy Spirit. So Father, cover us in Your grace as we abide in You and grow the fruit of the Spirit is us we earnestly pray!

      Love and prayers for you, dear sister!

    • Mindy

      Praying God’s very near leading in this tough family situation. And that you can keep your eyes on him like you are doing!! Encouragement girl!!

    • Kat

      Megan, so much of your story reflects my own. I will be praying for you. Over the last 20 years I have learned a lot. The most important thing my husband and I keep in mind is to only try and please The Lord. We know that we will never please them ( the in- laws), we need to only seek God’s approval. Do not let them change who you are in Christ. Just remember to protect your children, unfortunately these things can affect them greatly. With God’s grace, and His mercy, you will have victory! It may be in heaven, but there will be beauty from ashes.

    • hannah

      Megan, we've been through some similar things in our relationship with my husband's parents, and even my own parents. I really appreciated your discernment in noticing that you were trying to be better than them as a substitute for organic kindness. I can see how I've been guilty of trying to force things in that way too.
      The main thing I notice about myself is that when I am feeling insecure and unloved (like when someone is judging or falsely accusing me) I tend to inadvertently do and say things that get taken the wrong way, perpetuating the cycle. The most loving thing I've done has been to invest time and energy in my own healing. I'm not imposing this on anybody else,but in my life, being clear on God's truth about my identity is key to handling those situations gracefully.
      Thanks for your vulnerability here.I for one am glad you posted this comment!

    • thekholtz

      Praying for you & what sounds like a very tough situation! I can completely relate with the idea of focusing on kindness and love in terms of "being better" than those that have wronged you – it's something I've often struggled with in my life. Reading that just focusing on being "better" for myself and truly just setting my sights on God was a reminder I needed. I've been falling back into the nasty mindset of "being better", so thank you for sharing this & being so open!!

  • I so needed this reminder today. I am grateful for his words.

  • Kelly_Smith

    I was good with this kindness thing until the Spirit started poking me about my marriage. Anyone else get poked there? I am kind to most everyone, but when my husband bumps into my happy the gloves come off. Bitterness? I've got it. Anger? Bubbling underneath. Clamor? I can huff and puff and blow his house down.

    The Spirit calls me close and reminds me that I have been forgiven much and I, in turn, need to forgive. Not only forgive, but also extend kindness. Extend the kind of kindness that leads to repentance. I am reminded of 1 Peter 3 where wives are encouraged to win their husbands over with a gentle and quiet spirit. I protest. He needs to know he has hurt me! He needs to feel what it is like and it is my job to show him. The Spirit whispers again, "I am closer to his heart; I can do that work if only you will forgive and show kindness." The Spirit's gentle grace and mercy with my black, angry heart prompt me to repent. Then, through the work of the Spirit in me, I can extend grace and mercy to the one who has offended me.

    • Shannon H

      Kelly, I can relate to your struggle. The Lord has convicted me often of treating strangers with more kindness than my husband and children. My greatest struggle right now is with my children. They are just 6, 4, and 20 months, and my greatest struggle is with my 4 year old. My prayer is that the words and posture I have toward my children will give them grace and that the fruit of kindness in my life, given by the Spirit, will, in the perfect timing of the Lord, bring each of them to repentance and salvation.

      • Amanda

        I feel exactly the same way. I've been convicted of this very thing as I lose it with my potty training kiddo and subsequently with my husband then the poor other little guy at my house gets it too when mama's had it. I realized that these are the people God gave me to love and the little people that he's given me to train and to teach how to be like him-wow! That's getting for real there, I am supposed to be showing them his love and that should draw them to him. I join you in prayer that we would be the wives and mamas that truly show God's character and love in a way that it draws our kids and our husbands to Him. That we would keep our eyes on Him and follow him and let him pour himself into us and overflow onto our families. I pray that we would accept his daily portion of kindness to give to our families when it's hard.

    • Peggy Gautraud

      Well said, thank you for sharing.

    • Kelda

      Oh my sweet sister Kelly you hit the nail right on the head with me this morning. You mean I must show kindness and forgiveness before I have had a chance to make sure he knows how he has hurt me you mean I can’t rant and rave and use the guilt card. Nope forgive as I have been forgiven and continue to stand firm on God’s word. Thank you for showing me I’m not alone in this today

    • MNmomma (heather)

      Oh man Kelly….you just nailed it on the head. I am soooooo guilty of this. Not only with my hubby, but with my kids as well. All day long I give and give and give and love on the students at school and my co-workers, but at home….I struggle at times. I have always said "my pitcher has ran out"…… I just had a thought…..I wonder if it is satan worming around trying to stir things up? I don't know………..my thought is that he sees that I am tired, or comfortable…..not prepared to battle (with him anyways) and I am weak. I am not seeking God in those times…..I am not leaning into Him. I am trying to do it myself…..hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm……Work in me Spirit…help me!

    • Mindy

      Yes! Yes this is he core of my struggle with kindness.

    • Brandi

      Oh my, Kelly. Your words are my words! I want to show the Father's kindness to my husband! But I struggle. Thank you for speaking my heart today!

    • Antimony

      Me too. I can be nice & giving & selfless to strangers/colleagues/students. But somehow I just bring all the frustration home. And my husband gets the short end of the stick. How is it easier to be kind to someone we barely know?

    • Celia

      I love what you said about His Spirit being closer to a person’s heart than I am and that He can do the work so much better than me. Thank you! A good reminder and help for so many of my frustrations

  • God is good! What timing! I was just speaking to a dear sister yesterday about Luke 6:35. She was telling me how the Lord was dealing with her anger lately. She had lent someone money when she really had none to give. The person promised they would pay her back by a certain time, but then had excuses when the time came. She had been angry about it, but didn't want to be. This verse came to mind, and I said, "You know, Jesus tells us to give without expecting to be repaid. Maybe you should think of it as a donation?" Her attitude immediately changed and she let out this huge belly laugh, "I needed to hear that." I will have to share this devotion with her… she will have a good laugh once again. :-)

    God's kindness leads you to repentance (Romans 2:4). It was truly His kindness, through His people, that led me to Him. I saw the love they had for one another, and for a sinner like me, and it drew me in. This love and kindness moved me to repentant tears one evening in a church I was only attending because a friend kept unabashedly inviting me at every opportunity. I hadn't shown up intending to change, but His kindness led me to change. May I show this same kindness and love to others.

    Ephesians 4:29 spoke to me this morning, "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear." I joke all the time, and I probably offend people not meaning to. My prayer is that God helps me with this. It's a nervous habit. I was bullied until I was 14, somewhat of an ugly duckling. I wasn't the "pretty one," so I became the "funny one." I don't have to defend my station in life anymore, though. I don't have to make people like me. I just want God to shine through. I want them to love Jesus in me. If I happen to be funny as well, that's ok, but I don't want to offend anyone or be negative.

    That was a lengthy note this morning. :-)

    http://shereadstruth.com/2015/05/16/kindness/

    • MNmomma (heather)

      AMEN!!!!!!!! This is my prayer as well….Right away my mind went to Hawk Nelson's song "Words"

      "Words"

      They've made me feel like a prisoner
      They've made me feel set free
      They've made me feel like a criminal
      Made me feel like a king

      They've lifted my heart
      To places I'd never been
      And they've dragged me down
      Back to where I began

      Words can build you up
      Words can break you down
      Start a fire in your heart or
      Put it out

      Let my words be life
      Let my words be truth
      I don't wanna say a word
      Unless it points the world back to You

      You can heal the heartache
      Speak over the fear
      (Speak over the fear)
      God, Your voice is the only thing
      We need to hear
      (We need to hear)

      Words can build us up
      Words can break us down
      Start a fire in our hearts or
      Put it out

      Let my words be life
      Let my words be truth
      I don't wanna say a word
      Unless it points the world back to You
      (Back to You)

      Let the words I say
      (Let the words I say)
      Be the sound of Your grace
      (Sound like Your grace)
      I don't wanna say a word
      Unless it points the world back to You

      I wanna speak Your love
      Not just another noise
      Oh, I wanna be Your light
      I wanna be Your voice

      Let my words be life
      Let my words be truth
      I don't wanna say a word
      Unless it points the world back to You
      (Back to You)

      Let the words I say
      (Let the words I say)
      Be the sound of Your grace
      (Sound like Your grace)
      I don't wanna say a word
      Unless it points the world back to You
      (Back to You)

      Words can build us up
      Words can break us down
      Start a fire in our hearts
      Or put it out

      I don't wanna say a word
      Unless it points the world back to You

    • Michelle

      I love this. (: The way you related how Jesus is so kind to us… you put it so beautifully. That’s how I want to live.

    • michelle of LA

      You know Zuriel , I'm the same way . As yourself I'm a good person and I consider myself a godly person but I do the same at times I offend people and it's something I'm working on too. It's in my prayer that God smooths the rough edges and transform my heart to be more like His .
      And whenever God humble me it's painful but of course I learn .
      So keep me in prayer for kindness and I will keep you .
      Michelle of Los Angeles

  • As I´m sitting here praying that I might be this kind of extension of His kindness… the kind that leads to repentence… I opened up The Valley of Vision (I feel like lots of us are fans of it here!), and was reading Christian Love. I know we´re talking about Kindness, not Love, but it seemed an appropriate extension of my prayer for my heart to be pure in the ways that I interact with the people He´s surrounded me with to minister to. Here´s the last paragraph… I pray some might draw this deep down.

    "The more thou doest in love in me and by me, humble me the more; keep me meek, lowly, and always ready to give thee honour." The Valley of Vision, Christian Love

  • Cara Mae

    Helpful edit suggestion – "it does push things under the rug" I think you need to add "not."

    This post is such an encouragement. I am truly grateful.

    I once heard a godly woman say "kindness is not a weakness." It takes inner strength and bravery that only come from the Spirit. Trusting Him with the outcome.

  • churchmouse

    This devotion, as with the others, speaks to my heart. I have found that random acts of kindness and paying it forward are not so much manipulations for me to get ahead but responses to nudges from the Holy Spirit. As I respond in obedience to the nudges, I then desire to follow and listen even more closely . A simple act of kindness, even done without the best of attitude, often leads to more acts of kindness! And because the fruit of kindness is transformative, I find myself changed and hopefully others as well. All good!

  • God’s forgiveness prompts our kindness to others. What a reminder. Thank you!

  • Kendall_S

    my forgiveness from God

    prompts kindness

    to others

    Father, I have been forgiven much. many many times. help your mercy to me to evoke kindness through my heart to those around me. amen.

  • melindawatters

    Kindness a

  • Candacejo

    We are kind as a way of being more than that of doing….amen. We are not inherently good, in fact, the Bible says we are born sinners. We are in need of a Savior. It is HIS kindness that shows through us, HIS goodness, HIS mercy that we freely hand out. We are JESUS in this world, an extension of HIM. I pray His kindness will lead me to repentance every day and that I will get out of the way so He can work through me that others would see HIS kindness in me.

    Kari Jobe says it perfectly in this "You Are Good" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mol9SiX3jEY

    Blessings dear friends!! ♥

    • tina

      Candacejo, how lovely to see you around this time ….just wanted to say hi…just getting ready to travel to London to visit my mum for the day…Will try and pop back later to comment….Big hug friend and i hope Malta is all you hoped it would be…praying God be with you….and the Sweetheart..xxx

      • Candacejo

        Hey Tina!! I hope you have a wonderful visit with your mum. We are having a great time in Malta, one week to go. The missionaries are doing a great work here. Much love to you! ♥

    • MNmomma (heather)

      LOVE that song!!! <3

      I too need to get out of the way and let Him work thru me!

    • April

      Amen!

  • My favorite verse about kindness is Romans 2:4 "His kindness leads us to repentance". This is so striking to me, because it's so different from how people operate. If it was my job to lead someone to repentance, I have to admit I would be tempted to coerce, threaten, or nag them. I love that Jesus respects our will so much that He doesn't do any of those things. He leads us with kindness and invites us to choose Him. That He trusts me to choose Him is so humbling.

    • Jenny Raymond

      No kidding! Sadly, I sometimes treat it as if it were my job. I certainly have some repentance to do.

    • Kelly_Smith

      I am right there with you. I want to talk people into repentance. I have a point to prove and I can give you three reasons why…. If only I could embrace God's method of kindness! Lord, help me!

  • Jenny Raymond

    Sweet sisters, how timely is the lord in our lives? I’m so thankful for a kind savior who brings us around slowly and properly. I have a prayer request for you all, my husband just tonight came to the realization that he routinely squashes the fruits of the spirt that are in him.

    • Jenny Raymond

      (Good grief, I need an edit button in the app!) We’re in a marriage conference this weekend, and tonight was wonderful in a hard hitting way for both of us. Would you say a prayer for my husband (and me/our marriage) as he learns more about the fruits and to walk in and with the Spirit? I’m so thankful for His kindness that brings us back to Him in His timing. I’m praying that I can better exemplify this in my marriage.

      • Ashley Prendergast

        I am praying for you both!! God has good plans for you both. Let us see the work He will do in you both! :)

    • Candacejo

      Praying for you, your husband and your marriage today. Your desire to be more like Jesus and to have the fruits of the Spirit working in your lives is wonderful…God will honor that!! ♥

    • churchmouse

      Praying for you and your husband. Grateful that you both seek Him who is the creator of the fruit in our lives. Bless you both!

    • MNmomma (heather)

      Prayers for you and your husband Jenny….

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