March 22, 2020

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
Kindness is one of the fruits of the Spirit and is a supernaturally generous act of our hearts toward other people, even when they don’t deserve it or don’t offer it back to us. Kindness is a learned thing and needs to be practiced like any other skill. It isn’t something that comes naturally to most of us because of our sinful nature.

God calls us to be kind to others, expecting nothing in return. His kindness is unconditional, and we should attempt to show the same kindness to people. God sent His Son to us because of His goodness and loving kindness, even though we do not deserve
it (Titus 3:4-5). When we show kindness to others, we show them the true heart of God.

God’s kindness is also meant to lead us to repentance and forgiveness (Romans 2:4 / Ephesians 4:32). When we reflect God’s kindness, we show love to our enemies, hopefully directing them back to Him. And when we are kind to each other, we can forgive any wrongdoings through God’s help.

During the season of Lent, let’s practice our skill of kindness by doing some random acts for others: 40 random acts over the next 40 days. Maybe buy the person behind you in line his/her coffee, drop a note in the mail to someone who is lonely, hold the door open for someone seeming to have a bad day or offer to make dinner for someone who has had a loss recently. Even the smallest thing can lead to someone else’s joy and ultimately help you lead others to the Light.
Dear God, help us to show kindness to others. Help us to learn how to be kind by practicing it daily. We pray you would draw others to You through our kindness. Amen.

“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.” Titus 3:4-5

Scripture for the Week
 Monday: I Corinthians 3:3-17
Tuesday: Ezra 8:28-30
Wednesday: Exodus 19:1-6
Thursday: Isaiah 4:2-6
Friday: Numbers 16:1-3
Saturday: Exodus 19:1-5