Galatians 5:22-23: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, KINDNESS, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
From Wikipedia, Kindness is described as a behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and concern for others. It is known as a virtue, and recognized as a value in many cultures and religions.
From Merriam Webster, Kindness is described as: the quality or state of being kind.
Some Synonyms of Kindness are: benevolence, courtesy, grace, indulgence, favor and mercy.
So, looking at these definitions and synonyms, are you a kind person? Now, I’m not asking you if you’re kind to certain people, but are you kind in your overall nature?
For the sake of this discussion, let’s substitute the word kindness with love.
32 “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back.
Jesus condemned the behavior of loving only those who love us. Would He feel any different about the issue of kindness toward others?
Do you see where I’m going with this? Even those who aren’t Christ’s do good to their own. They are kind to those who are kind to them. They give and lend to those who will give or lend to them.
What about you and me? Are we only kind to those who are kind to us? Do we only give to those who give to us? Are we only friendly and kind to those who are friendly and kind to us, or who believe as we believe?
I’ve heard people who call Christ their Lord speak disparaging things about those who are not like them. To hear some of them speak if you smoke, drink, have different doctrinal believes, or don’t read the right Bible, you have no place with Christ. Not only is it sad that they believe that way, but scary when you consider that God is going to judge us with the same judgment we use on others. And, where is the Kindness?
If you are a true disciple of Christ’s then you are one of the elect and called upon to “Put On” Kindness as in the scripture says below.
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, KINDNESS, humility, meekness, longsuffering;
Calling ourselves Christian no more makes us Christians than calling ourselves a Cadillac makes us a car. It’s not the things we say, but the way we live our lives. When we are being kind or showing kindness to others, we are showing Christ in us and living according to our calling.
Also, not only does being kind to others bless them, but it blesses us as well. When we are kind, we feel better about ourselves, which makes us feel better about life. When we feel better about life we have more of ourselves to give. When we have more of ourselves to give, God has more of us to work with.
There is a natural law that God has put into place all around us. It is the law of sewing and reaping. In life whether we sew good or evil, whether we sew love or hate, or whether we sew Kindness or hostility; we will reap what we have sewn.
In the New King James version of the Bible, the word Kindness is used 44 times; and the word Kind is used 188. I would say Kindness is very important to God, and if very important to God, it should be very important to us.
Let me leave you with a very good quote by Henry James, “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
So, what do you say we make an extra effort to show some Kindness to others?
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