Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.Ephesians 4:32
Jesus told us to:
Love each other. Just as I have loved you.John 14:34
And Evangelist Henry Drummond combined the two, saying…
But being kind consistently is hard, isn’t it? Honestly, it can feel impossible.
On those days when we don’t feel well or our mood is less than sunny . . . and especially when everyone seems to be sucking the joy out of the air, it can be easier to be inconsiderate and indifferent than it is to be kind.
I have to admit that I’ve learned something important about life when I’ve given in to bad days and unpleasant people.
I never feel better and I’m never happier.
I’ve learned that kindness blesses the one who offers it as well as the one who receives it.
So, let’s take a closer look…
5 Ways Being Kind Will Bless Your Life
1. Being Kind Can Brighten Your Mood.
Being kind feels good. I’m always amazed at the way a simple act of kindness can brighten my day . . . a simple smile that gets returned, a random compliment that is received with a smile and a thank-you, or an appreciated small act of courtesy. Those are just some of the little things that make life better.
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health.Proverbs 15:30
2. Being Kind Is a Cure for Materialism.
It’s so easy to focus on our phones and building possessions, popularity, and power. But when you and I make kindness a priority, we open ourselves to new connections and friendships. God created us to be in relationships and to encourage each other with the gentle kindness that flows from His love.
Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!Ecclesiastes 5:10
3. Being Kind Is a Cure for Loneliness.
I know so many people who are lonely “in real life” even though they have hundreds of “friends” on social media. Sometimes doing something kind for someone else is all it takes to make a connection that turns into a lasting friendship.
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.1 Thessalonians 5:11
4. Being Kind is a Great Investment.
Sharing a smile, a kind word, or a listening ear is completely free and the payback is often huge.
If you ask me, that’s a great return on any investment.
Yet, the kindness and grace God has given us . . . cost Him His one and only Son. What an amazing example He set for us.
He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.Ephesians 1:7
5. Being Kind is Often Contagious.
I love how often people will pay an act of kindness forward. When you and I are thoughtful toward others we just might be starting an endless chain reaction that goes on and on and on.
“Ever notice kindness is contagious? Sometimes all it takes is a cheerful customer service rep or a whistling stranger to turn our day around. Who knows who you’ll inspire to treat others well because of your example! Trust the ripple effect.” ~ Candace Cameron Bure
Let’s pause to pray and ask God to help us be kind…
A Prayer Thanking God for Being Kind & Gracious
And Asking Him for Help to be Kind, Too
Father, I thank and praise You for being kind to me. You are so rich in kindness that You gave Your only Son, Jesus, to suffer my punishment and save my soul. (Ephesians 1:7) You have been kind and generous in giving me the gift of faith and forgiveness. Lord, I worship You! Please help me to be loving and kind like Jesus.
Please forgive me for the times I’ve been self-absorbed and selfish . . . the times I’ve focused more on things and neglected people. Jesus showed us that when we treat one another with kindness, we open doors to sharing Your love. And Lord, I can see how treating everyone with grace and kindness also blesses me. When I’m sad, being kind can brighten my mood. When I’m lonely, kindness builds relationships. Although it only costs a little it is worth more than we may ever realize. And by Your grace, it may spread farther than we can ever imagine.
Thank you for blessing me with Your kindness and the kindness of others. And Father, when people are unkind . . . please give me all that I need to respond with love, like Jesus. In whose name, I pray. Amen.
One more thing, remember…
People are watching. You and I represent Jesus everywhere we go and those watching us are making up their mind about Him by what they see in us.
So let’s make kindness a priority. Let’s commit to making it a habit both in person and online.
I believe it’s possible to change the world one kind moment at a time and at the very least . . . we’ll bless and improve ours.
Take a moment this weekend to memorize Colossians 3:12.
Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Carry kindness in your heart, apply it to your life . . . I promise it will bless you!
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