Spiritual Kindness and Goodness (Week 6)
“We give no opportunity for stumbling to anyone, so that the ministry will not be blamed. But as God’s ministers, we commend ourselves in everything:…by purity, by knowledge,
by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love.” 2 Corinthians 6:3,6
Greetings fellow sojourners! As God’s ministers, we must strive to behave ourselves. It is not our personal reputation that is at stake, nor is it our personal pride. What is at stake are our personal choices which direct our lives to be lived in such a manner that brings honor to the Gospel message. Let’s take a look at how the fruit of kindness and goodness manifested through us not only demonstrates a life yielded to the Spirit but a life well able to affect another life for Christ.
Have you ever considered kindness as a Spiritual behavior? Seems to me kindness is a word often used to describe the behavior of believers and unbelievers alike. However, if love, joy, and peace are all Spiritual attributes than so is kindness.
You see, we tend to equate kindness with being nice or pleasant. But kindness is supernatural. Kindness BEGAN as a spiritual fruit but if we do not have spiritual things in mind, kindness becomes driven by human emotions. An example of this can be seen in the fruit of love. Love manifested as a Spiritual fruit is grounded in truth and is a sacrificial type of love but when it is demonstrated based on human emotion it is then grounded in sentiment and can be fickle. The Spiritual fruit of kindness is an outworking of the Holy Spirit’s influence upon our heart and soul. Kindness is given when others do not deserve it and don’t even love us in return. This is the kindness the Father has towards his creation.
From Scripture we know that God’s kindness is intended to lead us to repentance (Romans 2:4), that we are to behold His kindness and be found in it (Romans 11:22), that as God’s ministers we are to be kind (2 Corinthians 6:6), and that He displays unfathomable rich grace through His kindness towards us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:7). Allow yourself to be a recipient of this astounding kindness and your response will be nothing short of then manifesting His Spiritual kindness towards others. When you are influenced by the kindness of God it is nothing short of shameful and defies grace to not then be a bestower of this spiritual kindness towards others.
Kindness is no small things. It yields marvelous fruit both in our lives and in the lives of those around us. “Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.” (Proverbs 21:21). Kindness is a powerful Spiritual fruit that breaks down barriers of fear, defensiveness, and judgment. Choose kindness.
“Then Moses said, “Please, let me see Your glory.” He said, “I will cause all My goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim the name Yahweh before you.” (Exodus 33:18-19a)
This is the first time we see God speaking and presenting His goodness to His creation. Can you imagine that? How does goodness gather itself and reveal itself as an entity? It is altogether spiritual.
God’s goodness and kindness to man frequently can be seen in His great mercy towards us. While wading through life’s difficulties do you find yourself recounting the goodness and kindness of God or do you curse the thing causing your discomfort? Oftentimes the discomforts of life appear so stark against the backdrop of everyone else’s favorable circumstances that it takes real maturity to instead choose to thank God for His goodness. This ripening in us produces endurance which then produces proven character. Above all other opportunities presented to us, this is what we must be after ~ proven Christian character. This proving requires trial and through trial, we choose to see God’s goodness and kindness.
In your troubling circumstance remember to walk as a child of light “for the fruit of light results in all goodness, righteousness, and truth ~ discerning what is pleasing to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:9-10) Believer, this life holds tragedies, painful sorrows, and plenty of iniquities but hold tight to the goodness of God and know the day will come while the sinful difficulties of life will melt away and the formative tensions of our time under the sun will absolutely point us toward the goodness and glory of eternal things.
Review the post dated Oct. 24th regarding the weekly schedule concerning the Fruit of the Spirit. (Thursday we fast and pray. Friday consider what the Lord reveals to you and repent as the Spirit leads. Saturday, manifest/be aware of God’s kindness and goodness in you at least once, Sunday at least twice, and Monday at least three times.)