January 20, 2014

“Love is Kind” 

Proverbs 3:1-4

The word kindness in Hebrew is “checed” (pronounced kheh΄-sed). The Greek word is “chrestotes” (pronounced khray-stot΄-ace). Both words mean goodness of heart, kindness, graciousness, and include gentleness. Kindness has many synonyms: benevolence, generosity, mercy, charity, philanthropy, sympathy, compassion, tenderheartedness, friendliness, etc. Kindness is a major attribute of moral excellence and is intricately entwined with the other fruit of the Spirit. Kindness in any language is best defined as: love in tender action and a quality of goodness, which requires gentleness in word and action.

Is kindness a word that describes you? Kindness is a quality of love (1 Corinthians 13:4) and a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). In order to love like Jesus and serve his kingdom, Christians must be kind to each other and to unbelievers.