Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Written by: Kyle Glenn
Kindness is a powerful word. It is underrated and there is no denying that there is too little of it in the world today. Sometimes we think of it in terms of simply being nice or gentle. We have heard parents say “be kind to each other” and it sounds like the goal is just not to fight.
The Bible speaks very differently about kindness. Just about every book of the Bible gives us a picture of what kindness looks like. Many times it costs the giver greatly.
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. – Titus 3:4-5
This was a kind act, but it was also painful. Real, genuine kindness comes from the Holy Spirit and moves us toward people even when they don’t deserve the kindness and we don’t feel like giving it.
God modeled what kindness looks like for a follower of Jesus. First, we are to be kind to those closest to us. Too often, I get this wrong. There are days that the people I can be most unkind to are my spouse, kids, and closest friends. Secondly, we are to be kind to our enemies.
“Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.” – Luke 6:35
Kindness doesn’t always feel good in the moment, but we serve and give because that is what Jesus did for us.
What a person desires is unfailing love. – Proverbs 19:22
Acts of kindness inform people that we value them and it points them to God, who loves them more than we ever could.
Thought of the day: How are you showing kindness to those closest to you? Who have you been unkind to? Who is the Holy Spirit challenging you to be more kind to?
Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, for being kind to me. Holy Spirit, lead and direct me today to be more kind than I would ever be on my own. Today, lead me to the people who need to experience Your kindness lived out in me.