MONDAY, JUNE 29
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)
The little lame boy hurried to the passenger gate of the railway station as fast as his crutches and basket of fruit and candy would permit. As the passengers rushed through the gate, a young man accidentally hit the basket, knocking oranges and apples in every direction. He stopped only long enough to scold the boy for being in his way. Another young man who was passing by saw the boy’s distress and began picking up his fruit. As he placed it in the basket, he put a silver dollar in his hand. With a “Better luck next time” and a smile, he went his way. “Hey, Mister,” called the little boy, “are you Jesus?” “No,” answered his friend, “I’m only one of His followers.” The people whose lives we touch need to see Jesus in your life and mine. Many will not understand His love unless they see it in our deeds. (Secret Place)
The word kindness used in Galatians 5:22 describes the quality of being helpful and beneficial.
Albert Barnes writes that kindness “is opposed to a harsh, crabbed, crooked temper. It is a disposition to be pleased.” We see kindness demonstrated by the young man in the story above who helped the boy in distress. And we see the opposite of kindness demonstrated by the man who scolded the boy in distress for being in his way.
When we are “only one of His followers,” the fruit of kindness should be on display along with a pleasing disposition. This is simply a fruit that results from being in a relationship with Jesus and spending time with Him. I heard a preacher once say, “Christians never have the privilege of being unkind.” Would people around you say that you are typically pleasing or typically crabby? Will the people you encounter today have a better idea of what Jesus’ kindness looks like because they have been around you? Let that be your prayer today.