Proverbs 3:3 “Let not kindness and truth forsake thee: Bind them about thy neck; Write them upon the tablet of thy heart.”
The things that we usually shed tears over are the things that hurt. Today, I am going to talk about good things such as Kindness. Not just ordinary Kindness but one that is so touching that it invokes tears.
In recent months I have been fortunate to experience such Benevolence. One was from my Boss who is also a Christian and who has been so good to me in many ways, so much so that I know she is a ‘specific answer’ to Prayer. She also often tells me that I am a blessing to her, and we have since come to agree that we are a ‘mutual blessing’ to each other.
One day she went out of her way to pay me early due to a financial situation I had. Not only that, she took the time to leave me an uplifting handwritten note in a sweet Christmas card: a book titled Mere Hope, a cute polar bear magnet that said “God still works miracles,” and an additional check to ‘Thank Me’ for all I do. When I saw all of that, I could not help but cry because the Kindness blessed my heart so much! I do not think my Boss will ever know how much that act of Kindness meant to me. She is a remarkable woman, and I really admire her sweet spirit.
Another instance of Kindness that invoked my tears recently was in receiving email comments from people who went out of their way to contact me through Rapture Ready. Those comments could not have come at a more perfect time! It encouraged my spirit so much to know that my writings have helped them in some way. I was also blown away at finding out that people actually cared. One fellow writer was inspired and plans to share his testimony soon too. Just to have people acknowledge, validate, and reaffirm what I have gone through and to let me know they have gone through similar experiences helps me more than I can fully convey.
Excerpts from Bible Knowledge: “Kindness – Fruit of the Spirit”
Here are some of the different definitions of what real kindness is all about:
- Quality or state of being kind
- The steadfast love that maintains relationships through gracious aid in times of need
- Goodness of heart, serviceable, good, gracious, pleasant
- Love for mankind, hospitality, acts of kindness, readiness to help, human friendship, benevolence, taking thought of others
- Goodness in action, sweetness of disposition, gentleness in dealing with others, affability
- The ability to act for the welfare of those taxing your patience – Source
Kindness is huge for me, especially when life has been full of the lack of such. Kindness is an important Fruit of the Spirit too. I believe God wants us to be Kind at all times in every way, and the only way we can do that is through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Excerpts from Focus on the Family: “The Power of Kindness”
- Kindness has the power to soften people’s hearts.
- Kindness is the ability to act for the welfare of those who test our patience.
- To be genuine, kindness must be accompanied by the rest of the fruit of the Spirit.
Family Memory Verse:
Titus 3:4-5 “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we have done, but because of his mercy.”
For a more in-depth look at kindness, read these Bible passages:
Matthew 5:43-45 “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
Romans 11:22 “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.”
Ephesians 2:6-7 “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”
Colossians 3:12 “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;” – Source
My husband is another ‘inspirational example’ of Kindness in my life. The way Doug is ‘wired’ is to be ‘happy-go-lucky’ at all times. He literally wakes up in a good mood, goes to work in a good mood, comes home in a good mood, and goes to bed every night in a good mood. Annoying, I know… lol… but seriously, the ‘happy puppy dog syndrome’ has taxed my nerves more times than I can count over the past nearly 30 years; but when I sit down and really think about it, I know I would not have it any other way!
This man writes me notes every morning just to tell me that he loves me. I have bags in the guest closet of all the sweet little notes that he has written to me. Eventually, I will need to get a chest just to have somewhere to put them all. Doug has been through a lot of adversity in his life as well: growing up poor, parents divorcing at age 10, abuse from a stepdad, running away from home at age 14, and the trauma from our prodigals the past several years. Even still, he displays a Joy, Kindness, and Love in his day-to-day interactions that rival most people I have ever known or met!
Only Abba Father God could have paired me with the ‘perfect husband’ for me. Yes, he has royally let me down; yes, he has made me madder than a Mad Hatter; yes, he has annoyed me to no end, but overall, Doug has been the ‘Kindest Friend’ I have ever had! One who has stuck with me through thick and thin; and for that amount of Kindness, I am forever grateful! I also Thank the Lord for the Love He has given to us for one another.
Sometimes tears are a ‘good thing.’ Happy tears, cleansing tears, and tears invoked by such Loving Kindness. May God bless people who practice this Fruit of the Spirit, for it is a rare thing in these Last Days. Ultimately Kindness is more powerful than Meanness. We can overcome evil with good as God’s Word says.
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Romans 12:21 “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Until next time… Maranatha!
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