JESUS WAS KIND
By Grady Sutton
“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.” Luke 6:35
Our kindness is a reflection of Jesus. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). Our kindness is evidence of God working in us. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,” (Galatians 5:22). Our kindness leads to great rewards. “Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness and honor” (Proverbs 21:21).
Jesus was always kind; and, as believers, we never have the option to be unkind. We must guard our words. We must guard our joking and sarcasm. We must guard our actions and gestures. This applies to our family, friends, acquaintances, and our enemies (Luke 6:35). We never have the right to be unkind.
Let’s encourage and do something kind for someone today. Give an extravagant tip to a server in a restaurant. Go out of your way to serve someone in your home or at work. Write a thank-you note to someone you know, telling them something you are thankful for about them. Being kind is being like Jesus.
Find someone who needs some kindness, maybe someone who is hard to love. Show kindness by buying them a snack, complimenting them on their outfit, or just saying a kind word.
Discuss with your kids about who they can be kind to in their neighborhood. Identify one person who your child could go out of their way to be kind to this week.
Lord, help me to have a tender heart toward others. Teach me to guard against unkindness in my words and actions. Thank You for Your promise that kindness leads to great reward.