Proverbs 16:24 says “words are like honey, sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”
You know, kindness is not something that we do to earn anything. It's something that flows from us because of what has already been earned for us…Because Jesus gives us a new life…Spiritual FRUIT as a gift. This spiritual fruit is something that's already ours and it's already within us. And if we're in Christ, it gets produced from us naturally.
Spiritual fruit is not something that we present to the world, fake it til you make it style. It is produced inside of us and should come out naturally & organically.
Love, joy, peace, patience, KINDNESS, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control,
Kindness is a virtue that we aspire to, not just something we agree on. It's not like a belief statement or a value statement where we say, “yeah, I agree to that” and then move on with our life of flipping off bad drivers and being passive aggressive at work.
Kindness is Something we "become" because it's in us, it's who we are becoming. And so when this verse says “kindness is sweet to the soul and healthy for the body”, it's not just talking about your experience of kindness. Of course, when someone's kind to you, you love it. But it's a reminder that this is how you're going to be…like honey for others.
This is how you make a difference in the world. It's through kindness. So, If somebody is mean to you, whether it's online or in person, be kind to them. If somebody talks junk, be kind. If you have an enemy, DO NOT kill them with kindness! That’s not how you are supposed to kill someone. Kindness can't be leveraged as a weapon.
Don’t try to use kindness as a way to hurt someone, just be kind as a way to love them.
Kindness is something that just genuinely comes out of us. And so I hope today that you'll look for opportunities to be kind. That you'll tap into that spirit of kindness that's inside of you and let if flow.