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