By: Lenny Ewart
“Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.” Philemon 1:7 NLT
Many times during my Christian walk I have been in need of love through kindness,and when received my heart has been refreshed and comforted. As Christians we are called to manifest the following characteristics in our daily lives: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). As children of God we are expected to allow this Fruit of the Spirit to develop in us so that we may refresh those who come near us.
As the above mentioned verse declares, our love, through kindness, produces joy and comfort to God’s people. Refreshing the world weary souls of God’s people brings us one step closer to fulfilling the law of Christ as mentioned in Galatians 6:3, where we are told to bear one another’s burden. There are many ways to refresh the soul of our brothers and sisters in the Faith, whether it is by giving encouragement, praying together, or sharing the marvelous acts of our Lord in our daily lives. Sometimes it is more important to give our fellow Christians some tender loving care when their choices cause them to be bruised by life as opposed to a lecture on how to not get hurt again. After all, when we give comfort through the love of God our hearts overflow with joy.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those precious, loving children of God who with much kindness tend to the needs of His children. I pray the Lord continue to develop in each of us a sweet and gentle character that is so evident in His dealings with us. Always speak the truth in love and be kind in your manner with others. I read once, “Kindness is the oil that takes the friction out of life.” In summary, as we experience God’s great love and kindness, we are to imitate our Father as His dear children. May we bring honor to our Lord by having someone say of us, “Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.”