31 Days to Fruitful Living — Day 21

Healthy green lime fruit typically served with cocktails

Sow kindness.  A kind person promotes good and exudes grace and gentleness.   The kind will meet needs out of a genuine desire to serve and be useful to others.  As a result, meekness blooms in the heart when this fruit is cultivated.

On Saturday, I had lunch with an old friend.  I ordered a water, and the waiter brought out a tall class filled with ice and garnished with a lime.  I squeezed the juice of that green fruit into my drink, and I must admit that I really enjoyed it.  There was a fresh flavor — a brightness that refreshed me and caused me to thirst for more.

I think that’s what the fruit of kindness does.  As we extend ourselves to others, they should enjoy being around us — we are called to refresh the spirits of those we rub shoulders with.  Hopefully, we whet their appetites for more of what the Spirit inside us has to offer.

You see, one who is kind is often described as “mellow,” never harsh nor demanding.  This fruit results in excellence, strength of character, and integrity.   Basically, kind people are good people who selflessly minister to their neighbor.

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“As God’s partners,we beg you

not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness

and then ignore it.

For God says,

‘At just the right time, I heard you.

 On the day of salvation, I helped you.’

Indeed, the ‘right time’ is now.

Today is the day of salvation.

 We live in such a way

that no one will stumble because of us,

and no one will find fault with our ministry.

In everything we do,

we show that we are true ministers of God.

We patiently endure troubles

and hardships and calamities of every kind.”

II Corinthians 6:1-4, NLT

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Q4U:  How would you define kindness?  How do you cultivate this fruit in your life?

Come back tomorrow for Day 22 of “31 Days to Fruitful Living.” We will chat about how to cultivate kindness. I may have a black thumb, but I am determined to learn how to cultivate my spiritual life.
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I am linking up with like-minded sisters at Thriving ThursdaysTell His Story,  Wednesdays in the WordA Little R and RSoli Deo GloriaRich-Faith Rising, Playdates with God, Hear it on Sunday: Use it on MondayThe Weekend Brew, Still Saturday, Spiritual Sundays and Faith-Filled Friday. I am joining The Nester and like-minded sisters for this crazy challenge:

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24 responses

  1. Definitely a prayer for my boys. I’ve used this definition of Kindness at their age (5) – treating others how you want to be treated. I realize this is a little moralistic, but I’m thankful that God’s kindness toward us is centered in his hesed (lovingkindness) – a covenant love he extends toward us! Great post!

  2. Lovely post, Lyli. I think that the best way to cultivate lasting fruit in our lives is to remember that it’s the work of the Holy Spirit in us. Unless kindness is a natural part of our personality, it takes submitting to the work of Christ to produce lasting change. Don’t you?

  3. That scripture has transformed my mind and heart in ministry. I committed to memorizing it one year when I was struggling. It gave me such a good focus in how to be a true minister of the Word of God through my life, heart and mind. Blessings to you! Thanks so much for sharing and for the reminder of such powerful verses. Love, Rachael @ Inking the Heart (linking after you at Barbie’s)

  4. You know it takes little effort to be kind, we just don’t often do it. Or even to smile. I have found if I smile at strangers in the store they either smile back or shrink because of not knowing how to respond. Kindness is such a needed thing these days.

  5. Hi Lyli
    We can learn from Paul who suffered so much for the true gospel of Jesus. He trusted our Pappa’s power and grace to always preach the truth and to rather sacrifice his freedom than to put a stumbling block in another soul’s path through false preaching!
    Blessings XX
    Mia

  6. I have a plaque by the door leaving the house that states “kindness matters”… a good reminder as I go out the door to be kind to those around me and it’s in the family room…also a reminder to be kind to those in our home 🙂 thanks for the refreshing teaching on kindness…you make me thirst for more!

  7. I think about Jesus, and how it was His kindness that led others to accept Him. He listened, hung out with them, gave food, shelter, clothing, water. Kindness is simply reaching out to meet the need of another at the time. Thanks for linking up at The Weekend Brew!

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