My blog for December 31st spoke of choosing
a word with God’s Spirit leading and guiding you in 2015. I have chosen “Kindness.”
So what might it look like in action?
As a result of more people being impatient,
having short fuses, and with everyone seemingly always being in a hurry – many
people have lost the ability to treat others with kindness and respect.
A kind word, a kind action to another person can
really do wonders for them.
When you really study the life of Jesus in the New
Testament, you can clearly tell how kind He always was with other people in His
dealings with them.
Jesus is without question, the ultimate role
model for all of us as someone who was fully walking and living in the Fruit of
the Spirit. Kindness goes hand in hand with
the quality of love. Once the Holy Spirit starts to transmit His love up into
you, the quality of kindness will follow right along with it. It will then
become much easier for you to be able to be more kind to others once the love
of God starts to flow more into your personality.
You cannot help but be more kind to others if
God’s love is flowing through you. This is why the quality of love has to be
the main quality that you really concentrate on in getting more of the Holy
Spirit. Once the love of God starts to flow and operate through you to touch
others, many of the other fruit of the Holy Spirit will then start to follow
right after it in domino fashion.
Here are some of the different definitions of
what real kindness is all about:
or state of being kind
steadfast love that maintains relationships through gracious aid in times of
of heart, serviceable, agreeable, gracious, pleasant
for mankind, hospitality, acts of kindness, readiness to help, human
friendship, benevolence, taking thought of others
in action, sweetness of disposition, gentleness in dealing with others,
ability to act for the welfare of those taxing your patience
forgiving and not holding grievances against another
As you can see from some of these different
definitions, this is a very beautiful quality to have transmitted up into your
soul and personality by the Holy Spirit. Not only will you be able to touch
others with this godly quality, but you will also be touched– because you will
feel so much better about yourself if you can learn how to treat others with
much more kindness and respect in your daily dealings and affairs with them.