A kind and gentle spirit.
Somewhere in the late 60’s, after I graduated from high school, maybe I was home between terms at college, I worked at a company that made ‘cast’ steel. I was the receptionist and payroll clerk, but I must tell you the place stunk, stank, boy did it stink!
I found out a few things about iron and steel, not so much technologically, but just by observation. If you get it hot enough you can pour it out. Once it’s ‘cast’ it is hard. The analogies that my mind gets going on this one point alone could fill a book, but this is a ‘blog’. I’ve also watched some documentaries on the television over the years of the steel mills in Pittsburgh, PA and have driven through Gary, IN often while traveling. Smells bad. The only way to get away from the smell is to get out of range and pray for a prevailing wind to carry it away from you.
‘When the die is cast’…It’s what Julius Caesar said on crossing the river Rubicon to invade Italy in 49 B.C. The “die” is a gambling die, and “cast” means thrown. The phrase means “An irrevocable decision has been made.”
To say the die is cast is to suggest that a process is past the point of return.
If in life the heat has left us ‘cast’ in iron or steel, there is only one remedy. Jesus is that remedy. His gift of Himself on the Cross, is the greatest kindness of all. It is said that a person can ‘kill another’ with kindness. It is not the person we kill, but the ‘steel’ in their lives molded and cast in the fire of all the negative input throughout their life. Maybe they are ‘fretful’, ‘angry’, ‘insecure’ and even ‘foolish’. The ‘die has been cast’ and the habits are hardened in their person. It is an aroma we would like to avoid. We are Christ’s ambassadors here to warm with the fire of kindness and make the effort to bring a prevailing warm wind with the aroma of the love of Christ. A fresh, warming, melding and lightened aroma.
Titus 3:4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and his love toward mankind appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness, which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy, he saved us,
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, KINDNESS, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law
These couple of verses from Galatians, have always been a favorite. I don’t know how the English translates from the Hebrew, but I do take note that KINDNESS is in the middle of the 9 fruits. I have found that that one word, ‘kindness’, makes all the other ‘fruit’ a natural outcome of this spiritual fruit salad. Nothing says it better than God’s Word.