The Kindness of Generosity

A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings trouble on himself.  Proverbs 11:17

One of the best ways to describe the Fruits of The Spirit to children is to give an example of actual fruit.

When we eat grapes, we often share them.  A stem of grapes can be shared with many people.  Grapes represent being kind to others because we can share them.  Kindness is showing goodness, generosity and friendliness. 

Generosity is the act of being unselfish. It is sharing of the plenty that one has been blessed with. When we are generous that does not always mean money. It can be many things to include food, time, and patience. Being Kind through generosity shows the measure of a heart that has no weight in the world and is free from the bonds of self-indulgence. A Godly generous person takes care of others even to the point of just having enough to survive on. A Godly generous person does not desire attention or accolades. The Godly generous person is one attribute of the sheep that Jesus spoke of when He spoke of the sheep and goat.

Showing Goodness and Friendliness is the extension of acts of kindness that go a very long way and helps others pay it forward. One would be surprised how far the chain goes when paying for the car behind you at the drive through. There are times noted where one person started the chain at breakfast and the next ten cars did the same. It would have probably been longer but the eleventh car was the last in the line at the time.

Sharing even the simplest smile or kind word can be an act of generosity even when the person speaking or smiling is really not having a good day. It helps everyone involved. Asking a person how their day is going could make all the difference in the person for the rest of the day.

So just like kids at lunch sharing their grapes or other foods, adults can learn to be just as generous in everything they do. It starts at home. The generous parent teaches the child to do the same. Are you generous?    

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Be Kind To One Another

bE kINDWhen Jesus walked on the earth one characteristic which bothered the Sanhedrin the most was His kindness to all people. Jesus showed this kindness just like He showed His love, sometimes it seemed a little rough but it was a kindness none the less.

Being Kind to those who are Unkind

Why bring this up? Why should I be kind to those who are not kind to me? Being Kind is one of the chief things we are to be. In order to understand the effect of showering someone with kindness as life changing one only needs to look in the Scriptures and see that is what we are to do.

“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Luke 6:35

Kindness is a great defensive weapon against those who rebuke you. Having a peaceful and joyfulness in suffering style nature is not a sadistic thing when being persecuted. Quite the contrary, when shown in the power of the Holy Spirit it can be life changing.

Many lives have been changed just by an act of kindness. Just look at the different people mentioned in the Gospels and Acts alone and you will see lives transformed when kindness was applied. These truths occurred because the Disciples and others believers followed Proverbs as it says:

Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3

Also the prophet Micah who wrote:

He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

Why are we to be like this?

Because that is how God wants us to be.

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; Colossians 3:12

You never know who you are truly showing kindness to:

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2

Do you remember the song that has the lyrics, “Jesus in disguise”, or even “What if God was one of us?” How many times did the Angel of the Lord come down and talk to someone without them knowing until it was almost too late for them to figure out they were talking with a divine being? So we must Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; (Romans 12:10) because kindness really does go a long way.