How would you describe the world today? Are people focused more outwardly (on others) or inwardly (on themselves)? If I asked those that you interact with on a regular basis to describe you, would the description include the word ‘kind’? Would the clerk at the grocery store describe you differently than someone at work or school?
Kindness is how we demonstrate God’s love. Kindness is what we do for another person without expecting anything in return. When I talk with people about kindness, they oftentimes associate it with a gentle nature. People will more often than not identify someone with a gentle nature as someone who is kind. Do you allow others to experience your gentle side?
Welcome back to our summer series! I am sure you have already made note that our topic this week is kindness, which is the act of being kind. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the adjective kind as affectionate and loving; of a sympathetic, helpful, forbearing or gentle nature. I like to view kindness as how we meet or become adaptable to the needs of others. For example, you may not necessarily be the type who likes to give hugs, but you see someone in need of an authentic embrace and you extend your arms for a big hug.
Kindness is putting someone else before yourself. Kindness is extending God’s love to those He brings across your path. In a world where ‘ME’ is the focus, kindness can be seen as a lost art. It is interesting that many people do not even expect kindness anymore. When I am in the grocery store checking out, I say thank you to the cashier. I also make sure I say thank you to the clerk who bagged my groceries. Each time it amazes me that the person looks dumbfounded as if they had never before heard the words thank you.
Kindness should be something that we demonstrate every day. Not just when we feel like it, but when the situation calls for it. Remember the Good Samaritan. He was on a journey and stopped to help someone else in need because the he felt compassion. The Good Samaritan could have said, “I don’t have time for this. I’m going somewhere. I will let someone else deal with him.” After all that is exactly what the priest and the Levite did, both passed right by the injured man. However, the Good Samaritan extended kindness.
We have the ability to demonstrate kindness because kindness is a characteristic of love. We are reminded in 1 Corinthians 13, that love is patient and kind… Purpose in your heart to extend kindness to others and I believe opportunity after opportunity will present itself for you to show others God’s love and kindness.