The Fruit of the Spirit
By Matt Ferreira
‘The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23)
The Fruit of the Spirit is a biblical phrase that summarises the nine characteristics of a person who lives with the Holy Spirit. This week we are looking at kindness.
Jesus showed kindness that was radical for the time and culture that He was in. He always had great concern for men, women and children, all races, those who were sick and those who were strong. Often, He wore Himself out praying for others, healing people, feeding them and helping in many ways. When He looked upon the multitudes of people with problems and confusion, He was “moved with compassion” (Matthew 9:36, 14:14).
As we look at the people around us, we too should be inspired. We can help, give, share, encourage, and care for others as much as we are able – in a few words, be kind to one another. We must make it our goal and habit to be actively looking for opportunities to show kindness. Jesus emphasised that we must be kind to everyone, not just our family and friends (Luke 6:31-34). Kindness requires having a caring concern for others, including those who offer nothing in return. It is a heart and character posture. Every single person deserves to be treated with respect and kindness, and this is a way that we can show Christ to the world.
I encourage you to pray that the fruit of kindness will continue to blossom and grow in your life. As we strive to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, we can become greater examples of His kindness through the help of His Holy Spirit.