Charles Stanley - The Attractive Quality of Kindness
Think of someone with whom you love to spend your time. A certain warmth emanates from their core, inviting you to rest and be yourself, doesn't it? That soothing radiance has a name: kindness. In this message, Dr. Stanley teaches about the irresistible nature of tenderheartedness, both how God demonstrates such a quality toward us and how we should imitate Him in our earthly relationships. Lean into His unfailing kindness and watch how it multiplies in your own life, testifying to everyone around you of the goodness of God.
Do you think you are a kind person? Would those who are closest to you agree with your assessment? Kindness is a virtue that stands out in a world of harshness and selfishness. It’s an attractive quality, evident not only on our faces but especially in our words and actions. More importantly, kindness is an attribute that should characterize every believer because it’s a reflection of Christ in us.
Kindness is mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23 as part of the fruit God’s Spirit produces within us: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control.” It’s closely associated with the traits of goodness and gentleness, all of which are aspects of each other. If one is kind, he or she will also be good and gentle. Although kindness is produced by the Spirit within us, it’s also an attribute that we are expected to cultivate because it is commanded in God’s Word.