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Tue, Apr. 26th, 2005, 08:37 am
lil_blue_monkey: Love in Action

Ephesians 4:31-32

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God has forgiven you.

Kindness may be the easiest of all the Fruits of the Spirit to obtain. In it’s truest form, it is defined as a steadfast love expressed through actions. It is the basis of Godly love. God shows abundant kindness to us (2 Samuel 2:6, Nehemiah 9:17, Psalms 117:2) that is everlasting (Isaiah 54:10).

God wants us to be kind to one another (Ephesians 4:32). As with all Fruits, He expects us to express kindness no matter what circumstances we may be in (2 Corinthians 6:6).

But kindness is not a human reaction. It is a virtue to be added on to faith (2 Peter 1:5-7). It must be developed within us in order to minister in the name of an all-loving God.

You can show kindness in many ways, the simplest of these being a smile. But do not limit yourself to smiles! Look into every event of your everyday life for ways to express kindness. You could open doors, pick up dropped objects or even just pass up a parking space! At a leadership conference I attended, a speaker implored us to express kindness with every action we took. He shared with us that his favorite way to do this was just simply to pass up on that closest parking space. He said every action of kindness should be an effort to brighten someone’s day just a little. And think about the last time you got that closest space – it put a smile on your face, right? We should share that feeling with someone else – share our steadfast love for mankind through our actions.