Living Effectively for Christ Day 3 – Practice Kindness
In our world that can be anything but kind—in contrast, cruel and loud and self-serving—kindness is one of the most important character traits we can intentionally pursue. As flawed humans, we all tend to operate within ego-centric bubbles. Our intentions may be far from malicious or callous, but we can still be guilty of thoughtlessness towards others.
How striking might it be for us to consciously and eagerly be on the lookout for opportunities to position someone else to experience something good?
When given the options of how to respond in any given circumstance, kindness is always a great place to start! But do we actively pursue the chance to touch someone else’s heart through kindness? That concept may seem otherworldly, but to be honest, it also sounds remarkably refreshing, pure, and truly beautiful.
So, what motivates us to choose kindness or, better yet, to pursue kindness?
THE LORD IS KIND TO US:
“God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of His grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all He has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:7, NLT)
KINDNESS REFLECTS HIS HEART:
“Love comes from God.” (1 John 4:7, NLT)
“Love is … kind.” (1 Corinthians 13:4, NLT)
“The fruit of the Spirit is … kindness.” (Galatians 5:22, ESV)
“Be kind and compassionate to one another.” (Ephesians 4:32, NIV)
“As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with … kindness.” (Colossians 3:12, NIV)
WE ARE CALLED TO BE KIND TO FELLOW BELIEVERS:
“As we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:10, ESV)
WE ARE ALSO CALLED TO BE KIND TO THOSE WHO OPPOSE US:
“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, ESV)
Our God has been abundantly kind to us! May His immeasurable gifts compel us to pause our own swirl so we can notice those around us, to pursue any opportunity to reflect His heart by extending genuine kindness to anyone and everyone that we can, especially those we are not naturally inclined to bless.
Let us delight the heart of God by choosing thoughtful, unconditional, loving kindness!