There are many kinds of people out there in this world.
Not all of them are kind.
You too may have brushed up against one, have one in your family, or work with one.
Sometimes they don’t know any better, because they have not been shown much kindness in their lives.
Sometimes they know they are being unkind, and they don’t care about the explosive hurt they hurl at those they come across.
What are you & I to do when someone we know, or meet, is unkind to us?
Hurt people do hurtful things, and hurl hurtful words.
That is their choice.
Our choice is to show them the better way. To walk in the kindness of Jesus, and be kind.
For our actions reflect our choices, not those of others when we remain in control of our emotions & decisions.
“Why should I be kind?” my daughter asked me years ago when she had been picked on at school.
I told her, “You being kind lets people know who you are. Do you want to be known as mean, or kind?”
Today, she is one of the kindness women I know. Kids flock to her because they can sense her genuine kindness and care for them. Her path has not been easy, but she has always responded with kindness to the obstacles she has faced.
Because she too knows the One who is the most kind, who helps us show kindness in the face of opposition.
The One who was so kind, He chose to take everyone’s sins on the cross, even those of His enemies.
The One who went to the cross because of His great love for us all.
The One who offers this love at all times to all people, always.
Such kindness the world had never quite experienced before the cross, not since.
We don’t end up where we were headed because of His kindness.
We were headed for the pit,
now we get to sit at His banquet!
Beloved of God.
I would say that is the beat example of kindness I could imagine. Showing love & care to all, regardless of their response.
If God could show such radical kindness to the whole world, I believe He can help us be kind to the people we come across each day….we only need ask for His help to see them as He does- those desperate for a kind & loving God.
Is it easy to be kind?
Some times it is a sacrifice of obedience, showing kindness to someone whose words or actions cause our stomachs to roll or our teeth to clench.
But knowing Jesus, the kindest man I have ever met. The One who doesn’t hold my mistakes against me and always gives me a second Chance when I genuinely ask for one?
How could I not share the kindness He has shown me?