Kindness

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September 07, 2021

KINDNESS

By GV Potter

The following post was written by a member of our fellowship. 

Take a moment to reflect on what the Bible has to say about “kindness.” The Old Testament tells us that “the law of kindness” is found in a virtuous wife (Prov. 31:26).  In the New Testament, Jesus spoke of kindness when He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me” (Matthew 25:40).  Galatians 5:22-23 lists the nine fruit of the Spirit. It goes on to state that there is no law against the fruit of the Spirit, indicating that these are virtues that should be practiced regularly and without encumbrance. Kindness is one of these fruit.  The first one is love, and it can be said that kindness is “love responding.” Kindness is not something we put on only for special occasions, such as fancy clothing, shoes or jewelry.  Rather, it is a godly attribute that He desires to reproduce in us on a regular basis.

 

The story of Rebekah teaches us a very important truth about kindness. Genesis 24 tells of Abraham, who sent his oldest servant to Abraham’s country and family in order to find a wife for his son Isaac (Gen. 24:4).  While standing by a city well, the servant prayed that God would reveal who this woman would be by giving him a sign.  He prayed that the woman who would tell the servant, “Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink,” would be the one that God had chosen. Suddenly it happened, before he had finished speaking, that Rebekah came out with her pitcher on her shoulder, and after giving the servant a drink said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking” (Gen. 24:14-19). Rebekah had no idea that what she was about to do would change her life. She didn’t know her act of kindness would open the door to great blessings. This act of kindness cannot be understated.  After all, who would offer to water a bunch of smelly, thirsty camels? One camel on a hot desert day can drink 30 gallons or more, and the servant had 10 of them.  That’s not a small project!  Rebekah was generous to a stranger, not seeking anything but the joy of serving. What she didn’t know was that these camels would transport her back to Isaac, who would make her his bride, shower her with great wealth, put her in the family of Abraham and in the lineage of Christ!

 

Today, our Christian character is only possible by God’s Holy Spirit, and not by self-effort or anything we do apart from Him. God is our source for kindness, and His Holy Spirit works in our heart from the inside out, to develop the fruit of kindness in us.  It is one of the qualities He delights in, and we should desire it to be evident in our life. – Amen.
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