2 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, KINDNESS, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
One of my favorite groups is The O’Jays! Their smooth soulful music is definitely a part of the soundtrack of my life. Their 1972 single, “Back Stabbers” written by Leon Huff, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead, (I was only 3-years old when it was released) is one of my all time favorites and just as most of their other songs – the lyrics are very profound…
“(They smile in your face) All the time they want to take your place (Back Stabbers)”
There’s a reason that KINDNESS (From Greek word Crestotes in Galatians 5:22) is a Fruit of the Spirit and not NICENESS. According to “Strong’s Concordance” KINDNESS denotes ones disposition and doesn’t necessarily refer to ACTS of goodness. Strong’s Concordance goes on to say KINDNESS refers to meeting real needs. Being KIND is acting for the good of people no matter what they do, how they treat you or how they react. KINDNESS is uprightness and goodness in action. It’s goodness provoked by the spirit of God. KINDNESS is acting for the welfare of those who challenge your love and stretch your patience.
1 Corinthians 13:4
Love suffers long and is kind;
Acts of KINDNESS may not always feel good or be timely, but they are always best for the individual or group’s overall well being…thus goes the old saying, “God may not come when you want Him, but He’s always right on time!”
The enemy can use NICENESS as a tool to deceive and mask true motives and intentions. People can be nice to get in position to stab you in the back – “What they do? BACK STABBERS!” Have YOU ever been nice to someone just to get what you wanted out of them? You can be NICE but not KIND, but you can’t be KIND and not NICE.
We must always examine our motives to make sure we’re being KIND and NICE…and always watch out when people SMILE IN YOUR FACE.