Today’s Scripture Selection: Galatians 5:22-23

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

It’s quite a list.

Right there in the middle of this wonderful description of what Paul calls the “fruit” of the Spirit – is something we might easily take for granted – a little kindness.

Be kind.  It almost sounds like something you might find embossed in gold on a fancy greeting card; sewn on a pillow by a saintly old grandma.  But is it, realistically, even possible in today’s “dog eat dog” world?

You bet it is.

Paul was not naïve. He was no stranger to danger or hardship.  He knew, firsthand, just how tough the world can be.

He suffered for his faith.  He died for it willingly.  His faith was real and anything but mere superficial sentimentality.

But still – he listed kindness, simple kindness, as part of the fruit of the Spirit.

He had not always been kind.  Before his conversion, he took his greatest pleasure in the persecution of the people of the Way.

Then it all changed.

Suddenly love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, and kindness took center stage in his life.

He wanted to show that he was now a follower of this One he had once gleefully persecuted.

Be kind.  It’s anything but a sentimental message on a greeting card.  It’s a key part of being a Christ-follower.

It was in Paul’s day.  It still is today.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, show me how to always be kind, in your name.  AMEN.

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