Fruit of the Spirit – Kindness

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

There is a method of evangelism that you may or may not have heard of.  It is called random acts of kindness.  Church members offer free car washes, clean up neighbors’ yards, or do any other number of things simply in the name of Christ.

The idea behind this is that kindness is dying out in society today.  We don’t expect kindness from people we encounter.  We don’t even expect it from sales or service people, the very people that we pay to help us.

When kindness is shown, it is so out of the ordinary that the recipients often want to know the source of such kindness.  Of course the Holy Spirit is the source of our kindness.  It is because of our love for God that we want to be kind to other people as well.

It is natural that we only want to look out for ourselves today.  We’ve been trained that we’ll become a doormat if we are nice to others.  But kindness is self sacrificing.  What we do in kindness is not for our benefit but for others.

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