To be kind takes courage – courage to step out of our comfort zone to help another person. Courage to be kind even if that means risking loss or rejection in offering our kindness. However if we understand that being kind is less about us, and more about who we are being kind to it makes that stepping out in kindness far easier.
I’ve discovered that it is in experiencing God’s kindness towards me that continually leads me back to Him, even when I’ve messed up or failed. Receiving His kindness and love then enables me to reach out with that same kindness to others.
“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)
God wants us to share kindness with those around us. Why? Because everyone no matter who they are desperately needs to see and experience kindness. Many people can go through the day never feeling the effects of kindness, never hearing an encouraging, positive word or 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 grumpy or difficult all the time. But kindness has the power to change that and simple acts of kindness can soften even the most hardened heart and work to 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. 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 are actually reflected in the circuitry of our brains. Being kind increases happiness, life satisfaction, and self-esteem and works for young and old, regardless of race, religion or social status.
Another interesting study revealed that kindness is found to be more attractive to people than good looks. So perhaps if you are looking for a date, partner, friend or even spouse, think about practicing kindness.
When we are being kind, even if they are a stranger, we’re saying your life matters. And in people’s often hectic world, even a small gesture of kindness can help lift a bad mood, brighten someone’s day and open hearts up to the goodness of God.
Today make the time to show kindness to those around you. It’s good for your health, your brain and mood. Plus you may just make someone’s day and even meet your soul mate or next best friend,
Prayer: Lord thank you for your great kindness towards me. Help me to share that kindness with others today and to look for opportunities to make someone else’s day. In Jesus name Amen.