Galatians 5:22-23 ESV But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
The word fruit, in our scripture, is singular. It is one Fruit. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are the qualities that make up the Fruit. There are not nine different fruits—it is a nine-part Fruit. The Fruit is like an orange, and inside the orange, there are numerous slices. So, imagine that each slice of the orange is one of the aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit.
The “fruit” of the Spirit is the expression of our renewed nature as it is seen by others.
Kindness sounds like something you learn from a kindergarten class. “Make sure to be nice and treat one another with kindness.”
Kindness is being genuinely kind to anyone and everyone. It assumes that all people deserve kindness no matter the differences, viewpoints, or cultures. Kindness celebrates others and serves when there is a need. It looks out for the well-being of others and shows compassion when needed. It assists others and shows courtesy and benevolence to anyone. Kind people do not display animosity, ill will, or envy toward others.
Kindness Is Not Just Good Manners
The discipline of kindness traces back to our childhood. From the very beginning, we are taught and conditioned to be kind to one another. However, kindness goes much farther than saying “please” and “thank you” to people you interact with. Kindness comes from a heart of gratitude, and sincerity in treating one another with respect.
Kindness is more than an action when you interact with people. It’s how you present yourself to other people. Kindness flows from us. It is a heart and character attitude. It is the belief that every person deserves to be treated with respect.
But there’s more to it. If you look through the Scriptures, you see that the word “kindness” is used within the contexts of mercy and humble service to others.
Ephesians 2:4-7 ESV But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (emphasis mine)
The “riches of God’s grace” is shown through the kindness shown to us through Jesus, who He was, what He did and the mercy and love that was shown through His sacrifice for all of us.
Look to the cross. See the kindness and mercy that Christ perfectly showed in His ultimate sacrifice for us.