Fruit of the Spirit - Kindness

The Good Samaritan. One of the most well-known parables in Scripture! You can read it in Luke 10:25-37. It’s a story of kindness and a challenge for each one of us. Why was it a Samaritan who showed kindness to the stranger? Why would Jesus tell a story in which a Samaritan was the hero when everyone who heard Jesus’ story would think a Samaritan was an outcast and maybe even a villain? Certainly not who we would portray as a hero in a typical story or movie plot.

In the story, two people had a chance to show kindness, but they walked on by. It was the least likely who stopped and helped, who showed kindness. He showed no prejudice to race or religion, he just saw someone in need and stopped to help.

He showed kindness even though it cost him; in this case, it was financial as he paid for the injured man’s expenses. It also cost him time as he stopped his travel to help and detoured to take the man to get help.

We are all so busy with work, kids, church and other activities that we can forget to focus on how we treat others, to take the time to stop and show kindness when it is needed most. We live in a fast-paced society, moving faster and faster with the use of technology and information at our fingertips.

The movie ‘Wonder’ is a beautiful example of the power of choosing kindness and I highly recommend watching it. Based on the story of a young boy with physical deformities, it centres around a quote by Dr Wayne W. Dyer:

“If you have a choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.”

Choose kind this week << Test First Name >>. Ask God to reveal to you someone who needs a little kindness and be that for them. Often it’s easier said than done, but it’s a Fruit of the Spirit and one God calls us to cultivate.

Have a great week.

Anita King

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