“Have courage and be kind”. To be kind takes courage. Courage to step out of our comfort zone to help another person. It takes courage to be kind even if that means risking loss or rejection in offering our kindness. But if we are secure in who we are, and in God’s love for us, then showing kindness is far easier, and we understand that being kind is not about us, but about who we are being kind to.
God is rich in kindness towards us, but sadly the society and religion have twisted the image people often have of God. They blame Him for all the unkindness and hurts that see in the world or may experience. But God is kind. And it’s in experiencing God’s kindness that often leads us back to Him.
“Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads to repentance”. (Romans 2:4)
Kindness is who He is, and the more we know Him and let ourselves receive His love and kindness, the more it starts to become apparent in our own lives.
God wants us to share kindness with those around us. With our family, our friends, workmates, and those we meet through the day. Why? Because people desperately need to see that kindness in us. Many go through the day never feeling the effects of kindness, never hearing a kind word, or encouraging smile. They are surrounded by negativity and hopelessness, and are struggling. To be honest these people are often the people we retreat from and avoid, because they seem to be struggling and/or are grumpy all the time. But kindness has the power to change that. Simple acts of kindness can soften a hardened heart, and heal a broken one.
The bible says “Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
Kindness is powerful to effect change and healing in people’s lives. But it’s also beneficial for us. Medical studies have found that there are huge benefits to us being kind. Not only does kindness make us and others feel good, studies have demonstrated that the psychological benefits of kindness are actually reflected in the circuitry of the brain. Being kind increases happiness, life satisfaction, and self-esteem. It works for young and old, regardless of race, religion or social status.
When we are being kind, we show someone that they mean something to us. Even if they are a stranger, we’re saying; your life matters. And in people’s often hectic world, even a kind word, or a small gesture can help lift a bad mood, brighten someone’s day, and open hearts up to the goodness of God.
Another interesting study revealed that kindness is found to be more attractive to people than good looks. So if you are looking for a date, partner, friend or even spouse, think about practicing kindness.
Today make the time to show kindness to those around you. It’s good for your health, your brain, your mood; you may just make someone’s day, and even meet your soul mate.
Prayer: Lord thank you for your great kindness towards me. Help me to share that kindness with others, and to look for opportunities to make someone’s day. In Jesus Name. Amen.