Kindness is one of the most powerful tools in God’s kingdom. It has the ability to pierce even the darkest places with bright light and cross any cultural or language barrier. It is the tangible manifestation of love. If any other expression of love is given to you, but this is one thing is withheld, do you believe it?
My only regrets in life are when some inner judgement of another or an offense by them has caused me to justifiably (so I thought) withhold kindness from someone or some group of people. And continually I am humbled and shown God’s love for those very people and again my heart humbles itself to agree with heaven towards them.
Random acts of kindness towards strangers are beautiful and powerful, but what about also choosing to be kind even when we are being yelled at by someone we love, or have been misjudged by friends, or are being shunned by those closest to our hearts? What if we never forsook kindness in our marriages? Or our parenting?
Kindness is the only thing that matters. This is what lingers with people, this is what hearts recognize from eternity when they experience it. Sometimes kind people are also not given a lot of recognition. For instance, cold and aloof people appear can appear more powerful or popular. Sometimes kind people don’t demand or command attention. But these people, the kind ones, are the wealthiest people on the planet. They posses a self-love that is genuine and therefore have an undiminished supply of love to share, whether others appreciate it or not, or whether it is reciprocated or not.
True kindness is never earned. Kindness is only kindness when it is unconditional. It especially shines the brightest when the recipient of it is underserving. These moments are our greatest opportunities in life to shine. You possess something that changes lives. You possess something humans were made to experience daily and that heaven never forsakes.
Never let kindness leave you… proverbs 3:3
Some of the most encouraging instances in my life were when I was hard on myself and someone, despite myself being unpleasant, was relentlessly kind to me causing me to dare to believe again that I was worthy of the love they were showing me. True kindness, I believe, is one of the most attractive features of any human being. It exudes inner peace, confidence, and grace, whose impact is often beyond description.
Choose to be kind today. Any arguments of reason in our minds placing ourselves in a position of withholding kindness from someone are false and we are compromising our own inner dignity and strength when we do this. Choose kindness while you still can, you will not regret it. It is the very nature of the king of this kingdom. This is the very expression of himself. Jesus, the Kind One. Where you find kindness, there you have found him.
2 thoughts on “Kindness”
Notice how when you are nice to someone who was just nasty towards you, they look at you like your strange for bring kind?
Or they insult you for being kind and your flesh just wants to tell that person how rude they are being.
I’ve been noticing recently the bitter string of wanting to shut down relationally is an invitation to serve or bless. It doesn’t mean it always registers but I feel really powerful when I don’t react, but continue to love based on me, rather than on them!