By Michael Howell
Hey everyone! Today’s Fruit of the Spirit I’m going to be writing a little bit about is kindness. Kindness, in its original meaning can be described as, “the Spirit-produced goodness which meets the need and avoids human cruelty.” Very similar to goodness, yet it is a goodness that is calling at our heart to change to be in step with the Spirit. Although God knows we are nowhere near perfect, because of the Spirit in us we can live closer and closer to the life God originally intended for us in the Garden of Eden. This kindness, in the English language, “has no term that quite carries this notion of kind and good.” A blend of tangible and practical love with a godly demeanor of joy through it all. We in our flesh know that, “The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead I do what I hate. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature, I want to do what is right, but I can’t.” Romans 7:15-18.
But by God’s kindness, we finally can start to turn our desires to Him and to the things He knows are best for us. I find that so true in my life that I so need the Spirit’s intervention of goodness to intervene in times when I would normally be cruel. When all I want to do is lash out in anger and frustration, but by the Spirit I am made good. I can overcome that fleshly desire for cruelty and be compassionate. Romans 8:2, “And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” The Spirit takes our brokenness; our pain and makes us into a new creation of kindness and love to further his light in the world.
Original Word Meaning:
-A blend of kindness and goodness. A word to which the English language has no direct translation, so we apply it to t side we most understand. But we lose some of the meaning of that blend of a practical and tangible kindness while also holding to a godly and inherently good demeanor in how we handle things.
“(“divine kindness”) is the Spirit-produced goodness which meets the need and avoids human harshness (cruelty). “We have no term that quite carries this notion of kind and good” (WP, 1, 92).” Biblehub.com HELPS Word-studies