It doesn’t take too long when we are watching the news, being out in public and sad to say even in our homes to notice that we are not always kind to each other. The political parties and those on each side are bashing each other, children and adults are bullying others and people are rushing everywhere with their own schedules and agendas.
There are also many times I see kindness everywhere I go. A catch phrase that is popular is that we do “random acts of kindness”.
What makes the difference in someone being kind?
Who or what do you think of when you hear that someone was kind or the word kindness?
The definitions of the word means kind , tenderness and concern for other people, your neighbors’ welfare is as important as your own, a sweetness of disposition, a matter of the heart, kindness is useful, while harshness works against others.
Kindness is action and plans to do something! It is intent on looking for someone that needs love encouragement and help.
Dorcas was a woman in the New Testament that is a wonderful example of kindness. Her life was characterized by deeds of kindness and charity in abundance. She became sick and died and there was great sadness among the people. Peter went to her, brought her back to life and because of this many believed in the Lord. (Acts 9:36-42).
The way she lived is an encouragement to us that we can do the same because of God.
But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. Titus 3:4-8
Think about this…what an amazing kindness that he saved us! In God’s kindness, through Jesus, and His salvation we are rescued, saved from a life of sin and death to then engage in good deeds-one being kindness.
We are given and filled with the Holy Spirit and it is evidenced by His fruit. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23)
Not only has God shown us kindness but we are to show it to others by the example of Jesus. 1 Corinthians 13 is called the “Love chapter”, showing the qualities that are in Jesus, how he demonstrated his love for us being the example of how we are to love others; one being kind.
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
We have to choose to act upon what we have been given and Colossians 3:12-17 helps us.
“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”
I have listed a few ways we can show kindness to others.
Husband: speaking kind, not harsh, greeting him at the door, giving little gifts, seeking to be his helper
Children: dealing with them with kind words, not harsh or yelling, be an example of doing things for others
Friends: call, send a card, pray for them, pay attention to their circumstances, and see how you can help or serve
Others: smile, help them at store, no complaining while waiting in line, pay for their coffee, and treat them as Jesus would
The greatest kindness is to help someone to know the Lord and His word helping them to grow in their relationship with Him.
Please share other ways of showing kindness, how you have shown it or how others have been to you. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Each morning we have to put on kindness, like our warm cozy robe. It is a choice to obey and act on it.
Kindness is love in action…making a plan to be kind, gracious, merciful.
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