Wednesday, September 03, 2008

One WFW, I began a Fruit of the Spirit theme. My
first post started with the verse, and each week I have been led to post one on each fruit. I have posted on love, joy , peace and patience. This week's fruit is kindness.

The greek word for kindness used in this verse as well as Galatians 5:22-23 is chrestotes. It means "moral goodness, integrity; benignity, kindness".

What does kindness mean to you? It's easy to be kind to the people we love and to those who love us, but what about showing kindness to people who are less than kind to us?
Though it's not always easy, it's something we are commanded to do.
"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." ~ Ephesians 4:32
How can we be kind to others who have wronged us? I think in the above verse, the "forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you" part definitely applies. When we consider how much grace and forgiveness we have been given from God, it should bubble up and spill over in our lives to help us be kind, or at least kindhearted, to others.
Does it mean getting involved in people's lives who have *really* hurt us? Not so much. I don't think God wants us to be human punching bags or doormats for people who will never change; however, we can be kindhearted toward them, in choosing not to gossip about them and holding them in our prayers when we can.
Showing brotherly kindness should be one of our daily goals, I believe. A little kindness goes a long way.
"Be ye kind, one to another..." Ephesians 4:32
B - be on the lookout for ways to be kind
Y - yield to others, putting their needs before your own
K - kindle a friendship out of kindness to another
O - open your heart to love the unloveable
T - take time to ask God who needs an extra dose of kindness today
A - anonymous kindness is fun - don't take the first parking place you see closest to the door, pay someone's way behind you at the movies, pay for a stranger's meal at a restaurant, mail encouraging cards to someone who is down, get really random with it.
From texting someone a Bible verse at the beginning of their day to leaving an anonymous note saying, "You're the best!", even to praying for those we can't actually reach out to because of personal reasons, BYKOTA can work. Like most things, kindness begins with prayer. I know I don't always feel like being kind (I am human like that), but prayer can get me there! To me, random acts of kindness or anonymous acts of kindness are the best. I enjoy that so much!
Questions from my heart to yours: What are some ways you show kindness to others? What does kindness mean to you? Do you have a favorite verse on kindness?
Amydeanne is the hostess of Word Filled Wednesdays. Kindly pay her a visit, won't you?


Peggy said...

WOW Laurie Ann...what a great lesson on KINDNESS! My Wednesday is already filled now by HIS WORD! Thanks so much for sharing these verses and truth on KINDNESS! I so loved your acronym...for Be Ye Kind One To Another!!! Blessings and enjoy WFW!

ellen b said...

Hi Laurie Ann,
Kindness is spoken of a lot in the New testament. Lately I'm trying to extend it more and more to people in my path when I go out and about. I'll know the Lord is really getting it through to my heart when I stop cursing the drivers in my path :0)

Deanna said...

LOVE your acronym. You obviously have a beautiful gift in this area.

Earthmommy said...

I am really enjoying this series. Kindness is so urgently called for in this world and so often neglected. Thanks for the inspiration.

Audie said...

Beautiful picture, and WONDERFUL post on kindness! I especially love to study and read about the Fruits of the Spirit!

I'll be stopping by frequently!

In Christ,

Marilyn - A Mixed Bouquet said...

Wonderful post and gorgeous pic! Thank you!

skoots1mom said...

i like to send cards...i know it's old fashioned but i do it...sometimes I send a ecard, in fact, i have a link on my site for sending a prayer...
:0 thanks for coming by...visit again soon

Carrie said...

Laurie Ann,
Thanks for this beautiful exhortation to show kindness always.

Melanie said...

Laurie Ann, I am really enjoying these posts you are doing on the fruits of the spirit and I LOVE the acronymns you are including. I like the idea about anonymous kindness.. I think I'm going to try that out this week.

Happy WFW!

Joyfull said...

I love the picture! Your thoughts on kindness were wonderful. Great encouragement to be on the look out for ways to show kindness!

Amy@saved by grace said...

Reminder again to get my thoughts off my self and on others. There are so many women right here in my community that are going through way more than me...... Bout time I get off my hind end and show em' some love and Kindness. Thanks for this today, I needed it more than anything.

Twinkle Mom @ Sunflower Faith said...

Dear Sister,
You have a beautiful gift of the word and this!

Cheryl said...

Laurie Ann ~

You always have just what I need! Being kind to people who want you to be their target or human punching bag, AND in your family is not a fun ride! I agree with your statements.

Love ya,


Anonymous said...

What a lovely verse and photo. May we all practice kindness today.

Denise said...

You are such a gift.

Amydeanne said...

very thought provoking Laurie!
Happy WFW!

Nancie said...

Laurie Ann, thank you for this very encouraging verse and post. I love your BYKOTA. Great suggestion on how to show kindness. This is such a precious reminder to us to show kindness to all, and especially to strangers and people who are difficult. Reminds me of God's love and kindness to us while we were still sinners and didn't love Him. Now we loved Him because He first loved us! Thanks for sharing with us. I love to read your posts, always provoke us to love Christ, His people and lost sinners. Take care and may God bless you abundantly as you seek to be a blessing to others through your kindness!

lori said...

Laurie Ann....THAT was soooo good...I may have to use some of this in my older girls Bible Study....
great words...
thanks for sharing your heart!


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God Chaser said...

This is so awesome fo rme becasue it is right in line with my study from Becoming a Vessel God can use. The Holy spirit never ceases to amaze me. thanks so much this was lovely. A great blessing to me today. I too love random Acts of Kindness. And if we can show this to an enemy how much we demonstrate we are filled with the Spirit. Again thanks

LauraLee Shaw said...

What a creative, wonderful, beautiful post. Worshipful. ;)

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Wow what a beautiful picture Laurie and your thoughts always amaze me.

WHOOhOooOO! love it!

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