Word Study For Today: The Book Of Psalms Chapter 106.

Devotion: DOING GOOD.

Text: I Samuel 24:1-22. | II Samuel 9:1-13. | Philemon 1:1-21.

Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit as scripturally listed among others  >Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)==>“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,” 23)“gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”

Kindness is an expression of a good or benevolent nature or disposition. A kind person is one, who is indulgent and considerate, helpful and humane. Such persons are overbearing, compassionate, generous and approachable. Generally classified, a kind person is good and godly-natured.

The epitome of Kindness is God Himself. Ephesians 1:7-8 (NLT) says ==>“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.”

Our God is rich in kindness and He showered that kindness on us as His own. Through the Macedonians the kindness of the Lord as showered is expressed as a lifestyle. > 1)“Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. 2)They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. 3)For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will.”[2 Corinthians 8:1-3 NLT].

The Macedonian Church had cultivated the fruit of the spirit called kindness and it’s palpably expressed in their lifestyle of generosity. They gave and outgave themselves. Theirs was not just a spirit or desire to give, rather their giving was born out of a nature that is sold out to seeing others live in comfort and well-being. They had empathy for people’s plight hence despite their own limitations and need, they went beyond themselves to attend to the needs of others, alleviating pain and stress. They weren’t cajoled or forced into doing this, rather, it sprang from their heart of compassion and benevolence. They gave and kept giving without a demand in return. It was huge for them, yet it was no big deal(they didn’t see themselves as doing anything that is so out of this world, even though they took it so seriously as a divine assignment and went about it like it was the life wire of their life). Such a perfect example of KINDNESS they are.

In Zechariah 7:9(NLT) ==> ““This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another.” Kindness is as much a fruit of the spirit as it is a commandment of God. This gives credence to say it’s not a fruit you can decide to have or not have; it is a MUST HAVE.

To loved ones, many may show acts of compassion, but to go all out seeking your enemy to show kindness to, is a more than proven fact that, kindness is entrenched in you. Such was David[a man after God’s heart indeed; exhibiting the fruit of God’s Spirit].

Beloved, to whom are you[showing] and will you show KINDNESS?

Prayer Action:

  • Praise Jehovah God in songs.
  • Pray in the Holy Spirit for 15 minutes. 
  • Ask the Lord reverently for grace to manifest the fruit of the Spirit called KINDNESS[ask that the Lord will cause to well up in you compassion that compels you to action not minding yourself, but going beyond yourself to do good. 
  • Pray for the grace of the Macedonian church[that you will be known for KINDNESS], that you may become a role model to others.