Kindness. It’s a word we throw round often, isn’t it? ‘Be kind to so-and-so’, ‘You’re so kind’, ‘Isn’t that kind?’ But what is the true meaning of kindness? The dictionary definition states that the term means ‘the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.’ The bible has a lot to say about kindness. Taking it back to Galatians 5:22, the verse states that kindness is a fruit of the spirit; meaning a fruit that we should strive for. A fruit that we should desire. A fruit that we should seek, so we can reflect the love of God to both those who know him, and those who do not.
Kindness isn’t always easy. In a world were ‘my way or the highway’ is very much the ideology amongst many, kindness matters. It’s a reflection of our father and the love he holds for us; when we look at the image of God, with His grace and mercy, we see the image of kindness. A God who loves His people and shows kindness to them. I don’t know about you, but looking at the bible and seeing Jesus really inspires when it comes to kindness. Jesus was the guy who hung out with sinners and outsiders, and people just like you and me, and showed them the love they needed. We should aspire to be like that today when it comes to kindness.
Jesus was different by being kind and showing love to those who needed it.And if kindness makes us different, then that’s something we should aspire to be.
Being kind isn’t always easy, though. The bible passage Luke 6:35 reads:
’35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.’
This verse I know is certainly a challenge to myself. Sometimes kindness isn’t always the easiest option, but we are commanded to show kindness to our enemies and those people that we struggle with…it can also be difficult sometimes to show kindness to people we don’t know. Everyone deserves kindness, so we must learn to put feelings aside and show people the love of our saviour regardless. If we show one person kindness, surely that can trigger a chain reaction, right?
Why not get together a group and do random acts of kindness? Text a friend or family member a word of encouragement or just a little thank you for being the person they are. Or perhaps give money to charity? Reflect on your week and look at how you can bring a sense of kindness to a situation. And of course, pray God will give you opportunities to show kindness throughout this week.
Because there can never be too much kindness in the world, so throw it around like confetti.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”