A Cup of Kindness

hibiscusKindness is an action. It’s the hand that lifts you up when you fall. It’s the person who brings over a casserole for your family after you’ve come home with the new baby. It’s the gentle word of encouragement when you feel like you can’t go any further. It’s help and caring.

The next Fruit of the Spirit that we will talk about is kindness. We know what kindness looks like but, sometimes, it’s difficult to describe. God considers kindness so important that He seeks to develop it in our life as we grow in our relationship with Him. It defines the way He relates to us and He wants it to define the way we relate to other people.

A Character Quality

What does kindness look like in marriage? In parenting? In friendships? With strangers?

In nonfiction, we can write to help our readers behave kindly to each other and help them recognize kindness. How do you choose to treat others with kindness? How do you respond to kindness?

Obviously, we’re fallen people. What do we do to repair the damage when we behave unkindly? How do we handle it when someone is unkind to us?

In fiction, we can create characters who are kind. How can a character realistically live out kindness without appearing too perfect? How do your characters struggle with being kind? What happens when your characters treat someone unkindly? How can you strengthen their relationships as they face the struggle?

Kindness in Other Genres

Kindness fits well in a devotion. It’s usually easy to find an anecdote from our own life to use in the opening of the devotion. And, the Bible offers many verses that show us how to be kind.

We can write poetry to express the joy of kindness and the despair of unkindness. Poetry is not my forte. But for many of you, it’s the way you express yourself. Use kindness to inspire your poetry.

We start teaching children about kindness when they’re young. As writers, we can reinforce these lessons through stories and articles. You can also write help parents

Kindness inspires us and we can inspire our readers to live it out. In the process, we can grow in kindness, as well.

© Deborah Christensen

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Posted on July 12, 2016, in Bible, children, family relationships, fiction, Fruits of the Spirit, inspiration, inspiring Bible verses, kindness, marriage, nonfiction, parenting, poetry, relationships, writer's life, writing, writing ideas, writing prompt and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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