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"Kindness is a Fruit of the Spirit:"
The fruit of the Spirit is… kindness… Against such there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. – Galatians 5:22-23
There are several words in our language that have a meaning similar to kindness. Usually when we can say that a person is kind we can also say that they are gentle, or we can say that they are considerate. Those are common characteristics of kindness.
It intrigues me that in verses 19-21 there are character traits mentioned that we have often seen displayed among people we know. Of those traits, or behaviors, Paul writes, “Those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” But the next verse he lists contrasting behaviors, or characteristics, of a person who lives by the Spirit of God. Of those things he writes, “Against such things there is no law.”
There is such a stark contrast between the works of our sinful nature and the fruit, or virtues, of the Spirit that it should be easy to detect the underlying motivations that are driving a person. Is it our natural person filled with all manner of character flaws that drive us, or is it the Spirit of God that drives us? We can tell by the fruit of our lives.
I know a person who is always having God tell him what to do, but he is impatient with people, he is not courteous, and he is certainly not considerate of others. When I observe him I wonder, “Is he really hearing from God, or is he just acting out his own will and hiding under the banner of “This is what God told me?”
Do you struggle with being kind, particularly to those who irritate you? Do you find yourself being harsh with others? Is it hard for you give a soft answer when someone approaches you in anger? It could be that you are responding in the way a natural person would respond instead of allowing God’s Spirit to and character to live through you. Something to think about.
Prayer: Lord, I don’t always do well at allowing your character to live through me. I ask you for the ability, and desire, to surrender my natural person to you and come under the authority of your word and will. In Jesus name, amen.
Principle: There is a stark contrast between the works of our sinful nature and the fruit of the Spirit.
Affirmation: When I realize that I am beginning to respond to people and circumstances in my old sinful nature I consciously submit to Holy Spirit so His fruit is manifest.
Reflection: Do people irritate you when they don't agree with you? Do you have unkind thoughts about those with whom you disagree? You may have a problem with your old nature creeping in. Think about it.
Day by day we explore how these passages of Scripture, and many more, give us insight into how we can have the fruit of kindness in our faith walk. All together there are 30 days of devotions on the virtue of kindness. You won't want to miss one day of this devotional so we have made the entire book available to you for free.
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