Kindness is a fruit of the spirit. In the Bible it is also called “gentleness”. “Be Kind” seems to have become the popular, politically correct directive of the day. A good directive, as we all need to be mindful to show kindness.
Real kindness comes from a root word which means to be good, helpful, suitable and tender. John Wesley said, “Do all the good you can by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
Of course there are many reasons to be kind. The most important reason is because God’s word commands it. Ephesians 4:32, “Be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” As I read this verse, I can’t help but to think of the incomparable kindness that was shown to each and every one of us, as Christ gave Himself for us, with no consideration for Himself. So when we think someone is undeserving of our kindness, we’d better think again, because we certainly didn’t deserve the kindness that Christ has shown to us.
Another important reason to show kindness is because the world needs this from us. As Christians, God has set us apart to be a different people. We can’t get caught up in the self-centered, spiteful attitudes that are seen around us. People don’t care about our theology; they need to see our love. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
We should also show kindness, because we want to receive kindness. How many times has someone made your day by simply showing a little kindness? Feels great, right? Longfellow put it this way:
“Kind hearts are the gardens, kind thoughts are the roots.
Kind words are the flowers, kind deeds are the fruits.
Take care of your garden, keep out the weeds.
Fill it with sunshine, kind words and kind deeds.”
My challenge for us today is to go out, show a little kindness and make someone’s day!