"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness...." (Galatians 5:22).
Love, Joy, and Peace are virtues we experience within ourselves despite whatever circumstances we may find ourselves in at any given time.
Patience, Kindness, and Goodness are the unsuppressed expressions of our moral behavior toward others who are in the circumstances with us.
KINDNESS is Love behaving in less than perfect situations. This is the next step on the pathway to power in perilous times.
This is never more so than in those dark times when men are "lovers of themselves, lovers of money.....unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving" (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
When we act with kindness toward others, especially to those who are unkind toward us, the Lord finds us to be both useful and profitable to His purposes. For this is a root meaning of the word kindness.
Instead of being a grump, like so many others who complain and criticize when things are difficult, you and I are to be useful and profitable -- we are to show kindness. And while such behavior may not be our natural inclination, we can do it with grace because we are being filled with the Holy Spirit.
This Spirit sheds God's love abroad in our hearts, which then unleashes the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
Why not put it to the test today. Is there somebody that would find it useful and profitable for you to be kind to them? Then do it -- and you will discover that love, joy, peace, and patience all show up at the same time to celebrate the moment!
Just a few more steps and we are there.
See you tomorrow.