Practicing the Fruits of The Spirit: Kindness

By @Tea_withJerry

The Greek word for 'kindness' is 'chrēstotēs'. It means “benignity, tender concern, uprightness.”

According to the word of God, it is based on the mind-set described in Philippians 2:3-4, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

Kindness is a gift that has been given to us and can be transferred to someone else time and time again without running out. We are here and alive because the greatest act of kindness that was ever performed was done for us - so that we may share. This act of kindness was shown when we didn’t deserve it and so this shows that we don’t get to decide whether people deserve kindness or not.

Kindness is intentional and so powerful that it causes a change within us for the better. When we decide to make an intentional effort to be kind to those around us we are a more joyful people because of it. We become more aware of the people around us, and we grow in understanding and compassion for them. Then we don’t wonder at Jesus’ kindness when we read it in the scripture, but we relate to it.

Kindness isn’t about the heaviness of the act done. No matter how small or big the act of kindness may be, it makes a huge difference in us, in the person or people who received our act of kindness, in the environment we live in.

The quality of kindness goes hand in hand with the quality of love and mercy. Peter wrote of adding love to “brotherly kindness” 2 Peter 1:7, while Paul wrote about putting on “tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering” Colossians 3:13.

Once we understand and walk in the love of the Holy Spirit, the quality of kindness will naturally flow out of that love.

I found this kindness self examination questionnaire and I thought it’d benefit us. Now ask yourself these questions:

  • Does the kindness I show to others reflect God’s kindness to me? Can you give examples?

  • Do I seek to gain from the kindness I show, or is it pure kindness? How do I know?

  • Do my kind acts have the components of mercy, love and compassion? How so?

  • When I am truly able, how much do I sacrifice for others instead of showing selfishness?

Make room for kindness in your personality and daily schedules. This may mean changing routines, taking more time for other people and developing an attitude of giving. It won’t happen overnight, but the more you think about showing more kindness, the more your daily life will be impacted by that thinking.

The world has so many people playing the role of being hard hearted. How about you choose the role of kindness instead. Talk to that person you clearly see needs someone to talk to, Get lunch for that person struggling in silence, devote yourself to helping someone out of their insecurity, smile to that little child that keeps staring at you, greet your workers and leave them a tip, help that elderly man or woman with their heavy bags, buy your sibling that thing he/she has been begging you for, comfort someone in need and most importantly, preach the Gospel of Christ to someone today.

Yesterday in the fruits of the spirit challenge, we practiced kindness and below are some lessons learned from our community members

Watch the video on Kindness by @Tea_with Jerry

How to participate: Visit @tea_withjerry on Instagram.

Each day a video would be posted here for the fruit of that day and all you have to do is:

  • Stay conscious of that fruit all day & exercise it no matter what!

  • Visit the post again at the end of the day to read other people’s experiences and share yours too & you’re all set!

  • For extra tea, a telegram group chat has been created to send daily excerpts from our man of God- Pastor Chris Oyakhilome on the different fruits of the Spirit, reminders on the fruit all day long, inspiration from other participants and more. Click (here) to join the group.

If you have any questions send feel free to post them in the comments. We love you and have the best week yet ❤️