“Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesian 4:32)
Is kindness a lost art? The world, with its troubles and woes, has hardened so many. Where is the tenderhearted? Where are those who will show compassion to their brother and sister? Where are those who forward their rights to let another pass freely?
Kindness is a fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) not grown on many trees these days. A fruit forgotten in the “go get’m” mentality of many.
But kindness, if properly nourished, can transform lives and branch out beyond the individual. Its seeds can blow in the wind and land on others, causing this precious fruit to plant, root, and grow farther than before, taking over the land of darkness to show His marvelous light.
Be kind. Let tenderness grow where hardness tries to invade. Give space for love to flourish.
Remember, you have been forgiven, dear friend. The ultimate gift of kindness has been extended to your very soul. Sow worthy fruit of that great gift. Sow fruit that will last into eternity. Sow fruit that will gain a heart to know Him through you. Sow fruit that lets another know they are loved, they matter, and they, too, are important.
The flourishing of kindness makes a greater impact than the ugly fruit of hatefulness.
The sprouting of kindness pokes its head out of dismal soil, and says, “Friend, I see you as a person and I care about you.”
When kindness grows to be the biggest tree in all the forest, it overshadows and outshines everything else and shows others this is how we stand, live, and love.
What you plant today will grow tomorrow. Why not plant something beautiful? Plant kindness.
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