The Spirit of Kindness

When we get something new, we often have to learn how to use it: a car, an iPad or the greatest gift the Spirit. Another aspect of the Spirit which we need to know how to use well is kindness.

Gal. 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Gal. 5:23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Lev. 19:34 ‘The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.

Deut. 22:1 ¶ “You shall not see your countryman’s ox or his sheep straying away, and pay no attention to them; you shall certainly bring them back to your countryman.
Deut. 22:2 “If your countryman is not near you, or if you do not know him, then you shall bring it home to your house, and it shall remain with you until your countryman looks for it; then you shall restore it to him.
Deut. 22:3 “Thus you shall do with his donkey, and you shall do the same with his garment, and you shall do likewise with anything lost by your countryman, which he has lost and you have found. You are not allowed to neglect them.
Deut. 22:4 “You shall not see your countryman’s donkey or his ox fallen down on the way, and pay no attention to them; you shall certainly help him to raise them up.

Psa. 112:5    It is well with the man who is gracious and lends;
            He will maintain his cause in judgment.

Prov. 14:21            He who despises his neighbor sins,
            But happy is he who is gracious to the poor.

2603. NÅnDj chanan, khaw-nan´; a primitive root (compare 2583); properly, to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior; to favor, bestow; causatively to implore (i.e. move to favor by petition):

Prov. 19:22 What is desirable in a man is his kindness,
            And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.

2617. dRsRj checçed, kheh´-sed; from 2616; kindness; by implication (towards God) piety: 2616. dAsDj chacçad, khaw-sad´; a primitive root; properly, perhaps to bow (the neck only (compare 2603) in courtesy to an equal), i.e. to be kind; also (by euphem. (compare l288), but rarely) to reprove:

loyalty, faithfulness, goodness (H2876); dyIsDj (hΩaœsˆîd), adj. pious, faithful, godly

5543. crhsto/ß chrestos; adj. from 5530; serviceable, good:

5544. crhsto/thß chrestotes; from 5543; goodness, excellence, uprightness

5530. cra¿omai chraomai; from 5534; to use, make use of:

5534. crh/ chre; from 5531; it is necessary, fitting

5531. cra¿w chrao or
            ki÷crhmi kichremi; a prim. vb.; to lend:

Matt. 7:12 ¶ “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

12. Therefore — to say all in one word. all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them — the same thing and in the same way. for this is the law and the prophets — “This is the substance of all relative duty; all Scripture in a nutshell.” Incomparable summary! How well called “the royal law!”
(James 2:8 ¶ If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” you are doing well.
; compare Rom. 13:9 For this, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”).

It is true that similar maxims are found floating in the writings of the cultivated Greeks and Romans, and naturally enough in the Rabbinical writings. But so expressed as it is here — in immediate connection with, and as the sum of such duties as has been just enjoined, and such principles as had been before taught — it is to be found nowhere else. And the best commentary upon this fact is, that never till our Lord came down thus to teach did men effectually and widely exemplify it in their practice. The precise sense of the maxim is best referred to common sense. It is not, of course, what — in our wayward, capricious, gasping moods — we should wish that men would do to us, that we are to hold ourselves bound to do to them; but only what — in the exercise of an impartial judgment, and putting ourselves in their place — we consider it reasonable that they should do to us, that we are to do to them.

Matt. 25:34 ¶ “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
Matt. 25:35 ‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;
Matt. 25:36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’

Luke 6:35 “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.

Rom. 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

Rom. 15:1 ¶ Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves.
Rom. 15:2 Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.
Rom. 15:3 For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “THE REPROACHES OF THOSE WHO REPROACHED YOU FELL ON ME.”

Rom. 15:5 Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus,
Rom. 15:6 so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Col. 3:12 ¶ So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;

Gal. 6:1 ¶ Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.
Gal. 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.