Galatians 5:22-23(NLT), “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
KINDNESS. Don’t you just love it when you know people who are kind? There are no strings attached and no hidden motives. They are just kind people who know how to be nice and treat others with respect. These type of people are a true blessing to be around. You feel at ease in their presence, and you know you can just relax and be yourself.
The kindness of a Christian should be evident. Even a smile or a simple hello can radiate kindness. When we see people with needs that we are able to meet, the kindness within us should be willing to do so. Giving money is a great way to be kind, but certainly not the only way. God has placed numerous gifts inside of us to share with the world. There are many different acts of kindness we can do that can help encourage people.
I recently signed up with the “Teachers Ministry” at my church. It’s a ministry that was started to help encourage teachers. I personally have never been a teacher, but I do have several teacher’s in my family. My sister also volunteered as a teacher’s aid for seven years in an elementary school. I asked her what do teachers need most? She said without hesitation, “Teachers need encouragement!!” So I volunteered to prepare fifty-five cards with inspiring handwritten messages for the teachers. My hand was tired, but it was worth it!
I’m also looking forward to helping to serve the teachers breakfast in a couple of weeks. I’m sharing this to show, there is always something we can do. I pass many homeless people on the street everyday, and unfortunately I can’t help them all. But I can help encourage the teachers, so I’m thankful God can use me in this way. By the way, I do have a very interesting story about a homeless lady that I met and got a chance to talk to some months ago. But I’ll save that story for a future post.
So what does God’s Word say about kindness? Here are a couple of verses…
1. Ephesians 4:32(NIV), “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Be kind. Be compassionate. Be forgiving. Sounds like a follower of Jesus Christ for sure. Is forgiving always easy? No it’s not. However, we are quickly reminded in this verse that Jesus forgave us. I love the way that everything we are asked by God to do, Jesus has already done. What an example He set for us!
2. Proverbs 11:17(NIV), “Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.”
It’s to our benefit to be kind. The scripture tells us being unkind or cruel will bring us to ruin. It doesn’t elaborate on what kind of ruin, but I definitely don’t want to find out. The Bible also says in Galatians 6:7(NIV),…“we reap what we sow”. In other words, whatever we do to others will be done to us. So it makes sense to treat people right. I like the way the NLT version puts it: Galatians 6:7(NLT),“Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.”
We can’t fool the God of the universe! He knows all. People may not always “deserve” kindness, but we have to ask God to help us to give it anyway. We have to sometimes make the sacrifice. Besides, we don’t always know what someone is going through. Our seeds of kindness can be just what they need to get through a difficult day.
***Feel free to share your thoughts on KINDNESS in the comments.