Last time I posted on a fruit of the spirit it was Gentleness, and I was going to do Self- control next because I believe thats one of the most important ones. However, the Holy Spirit had other plans for me, this week it seems like the word “Kindness” has been coming back to me over and over.

In Colossians we see the word “Kindness” come up over and over again,

Therefore, as Gods chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. -Colossians 3:12

We see here, that as God lovers we are to totally clothe ourselves in kindness, and I think in times like what happened recently it is so important. Most people know about this but three terrible things happened in Orlando alone recently. The first was the shooting of a popular youtube who was on the voice and won, the second was a shooting at a night club in downtown orlando and the last was a little boy being attacked by an alligator at Disney.

Many people were devastated by these situations and so many people were affected by them. As Christians, and even as non- Christians, being Kind is the best thing we can do right now. There are many hurting and broken hearts that need a kind soul to just listen, or to tell them they aren’t alone. It doesn’t take much to be kind, and even when someone doesnt accept your kindness it will be rooted in them without them realizing it.

I cannot tell you how many people have become my friend just because I reacted to them in kindness rather than anger, hurt, empathy, or any other emotion. Kindness goes a long way with people, and we don’t always see it which is why its important to always be kind to everyone you meet.

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. -Lao Tzu

Kindness is valued in almost every culture, but its surprising to see that its not inherently ingrained into our dna. Kindness must be learned, and most studies say that you learn something the best by putting it into practice and seeing it from others. Whenever you’re kind to someone they are filled and will pour out that kindness to someone else. It makes the world a much better place to live. Isn’t that what people always say? “We have to make the world a better place”

Ive always leaned on the side of seeing the good in others before all other things, I want to like others and genuinely want to show them kindness. Its just my personality. Its not that easy for everyone, and sometimes when someone takes advantage of my kindness I get angry and I begin to make them feel isolated. I know I shouldn’t and its a flaw but I have to try and remember that they may be going through something and the one thing they’ll remember the rest of their lives is how kind I was to them.

Sometimes you may be the one person showing them kindness and love, and they will remember that for the rest of their lives. Kindness could save a life, I know people who have received kindness from someone that kept them from committing suicide. So please, please always be kind.

I hope this encourages you and I hope it helps to show the importance of kindness.

Much love,