Kindness - The Fruit of the Spirit 5 Minute Family Devotional
Welcome to the JellyTelly 5 Minute Family Devotional! We are on a 9-day journey to learn about all of the fruit of the Spirit - the gifts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control that come from God. Check out all of the Fruit of the Spirit devotionals here.
What is Kindness?
Kindness! It means being nice, right? Or is it something more than being nice on the outside? Learn all about kindness and what the Bible says about this fruit of the Spirit in today's 5 Minute Family Devotional.
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I live in the South where we learn to “yes, ma’am,” “no, sir” and “please” and “thank you.” But as anyone who lives here can quickly learn, manners don’t always equal kindness. It’s a good start, but kindness is more than being nice. It’s an orientation of the heart toward the well-being of other people.
I wanted my sons to be nice Christian kids, which doesn’t sound so bad. Until I realized something: the word “nice” is nowhere in the Bible. It’s not a virtue. It’s not a fruit of faith. It’s never even mentioned in passing. Words like “kind” and “kindness” occur nearly fifty times, and “kind” and “good” are fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). But “nice”? Nowhere to be found. And all of that got me wondering: what’s the difference between nice and kind?
Memories of my childhood are spotty (at best) but a few, specific unkind words sit securely on the shelves of my mind, wreaking havoc on my confidence, even to this day. This is why I’m so concerned about how my children treat others. My kids may never excel in school or master a sport but they will be kind to everyone, if I can help it. I often see this as my greatest responsibility as a mom.
While I want my children to learn these incredible attributes given to us by the Holy Spirit, I also want them to know that no matter how they were created - it’s possible to obtain each one of these fruits for their lives!
When you think of the word fruit, you probably think of something like an apple or a banana, right? Well when Paul talks about the "fruit of the Spirit" he is not referring to piece of fruit that you might eat with your lunch. What Paul has in mind here is what comes out of a person who has been filled with the Holy Spirit.
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