Random acts performed strictly for the good of others, offset the tendency of selfishness in that the only reward expected is the satisfaction generated by giving assistance, not reciprocation or gratitude. Often there is a cost in sharing kindness, as we give up something or surrender our rights to minister to the needs or desires of others, putting them before our own. Kindness, therefore, is a fruit of the Spirit.  As this characteristic of God’s nature increases in our lives, we will be more effective for Him as we come into closer conformity to Him (Rom 8:29; Gal 5:22,23; 2 Pet 1:5-8).

We are to show kindness to the needy, and those who don’t deserve it, "doing to others
as we would like them to do for us" (Prov 14:21; Lk 6:27-36).  Being kind does not hurt people, it is being tender-hearted and courteous as it meets their needs by relating in a

Does kindness flow from my life?

Christ-honouring and tangible way (Mt 1:19, 25:34-46; Rom 12:10-15; Jas 2:15,16). The way God would have us respond, even to evil, is to “Overcome evil with good” by operating in the opposite spirit, imparting a blessing to those who insult us (Gen 50:15-21; Rom 12:21; 1 Pet 3:9).

We are instructed to be kind to one another; love is kindness expressed – especially in forgiving (1 Cor 13:4; Eph 4:32; Col 3:12). God is forgiving, gracious and compassionate, expressing it to us through Christ and the salvation He has provided (Neh 9:17; Eph 2:7; Tit 3:4-7). David said, ‘the Lord has been good to me...not treating us as our sins deserve” (Ps 13:6, 103:10). However, we are not to assume on His mercy and kindness. “God’s kindness leads to repentance” and change (Rom 2:4).

We should show kindness in another’s troubles, and have courage in our own. May God show you kindness as you have shown it to others (Ruth 1:8).

See also: benevolence, charity, fruit (of the Spirit), golden rule, good/goodness, good will, good works, opposite spirit.