This article is adapted from “Kindness: A Fruit of the Spirit” from Preaching.com. You can read the article in its entirety here.
“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy." –Titus 3:4-5
In our relationships with God we have been shown the ultimate kindness through the forgiveness of our sins in Jesus Christ. Because of this great kindness, we should also show kindness to others.
When we experience the kindness and love of Jesus, rivers of kindness should flow from us. Understanding the kindness of God motivates us to show kindness to others.
Paul writes about this in Ephesians 4:32, when he says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” This compassion and forgiveness flows naturally when we are showing kindness to one another. We have been shown this kindness, so we should also show others kindness.
According to Paul in Galatians 5:22-23, kindness is a fruit of the Spirit. He says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, [patience], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” The way we can show kindness to people is to have the Spirit of kindness transform us into the kind people God wants us to be.
May we understand the amazing kindness and compassion that we have received from Jesus in the forgiveness of our sins and may we show others God’s kindness at home, at school, at work and in every area of our lives by the fruit of His Spirit in us.