Jeff Lawrence

Being Kind

Being Kind by Jeff Lawrence

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”  Ephesians 4:32

In a world often marred by division and discord, being kind is a sacred gift—a beacon of hope amidst the darkness, illuminating the path toward healing and reconciliation. Yet, in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s all too easy to overlook the transformative power of simple acts of compassion and grace. But make no mistake—kindness is not merely a nicety; it is a spiritual imperative, a fundamental expression of our faith in action.  Being kind can open doors and change hearts.

As I reflect on the necessity of kindness, I can’t help but be reminded of the profound truth embedded within the fabric of my own faith journey. From the earliest teachings of Scripture to the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, the importance of kindness is woven throughout the tapestry of God’s Word.

In Galatians 5:22-23, we’re reminded that kindness is not just a desirable attribute—it is a fruit of the Spirit, evidence of God’s transformative work in our lives. It’s a reminder that as followers of Christ, we are called to embody His love and compassion in all that we do, extending grace and mercy to those around us, even when it’s difficult.

But what does it mean to truly embrace kindness as a spiritual gift? It begins with a shift in perspective—a recognition that kindness is not just a fleeting emotion or a superficial gesture, but a profound expression of the love of God dwelling within us. It’s about seeing others through the eyes of Christ, recognizing their inherent worth and dignity as beloved children of God, regardless of their background or circumstances.

In my own journey, I’ve come to understand that kindness is not always easy. It requires intentionality and sacrifice, a willingness to step outside of our comfort zones and extend grace even to those who may not deserve it. It means choosing to respond with compassion and understanding, even in the face of hostility or indifference.

But the beauty of kindness lies in its transformative power—not only in the lives of those who receive it but also in the hearts of those who extend it. As we choose to be vessels of God’s love and grace in the world, we become agents of healing and reconciliation, shining the light of Christ in even the darkest of places.

Yet, in a culture marked by self-interest and self-preservation, kindness can sometimes feel like a radical act—a countercultural rebellion against the prevailing attitudes of indifference and apathy. But it is precisely in these moments that kindness shines brightest, revealing the true depth of God’s love and compassion for all of humanity.

So, how do we cultivate kindness in our lives? It begins with a daily commitment to walk in the footsteps of Jesus—to love as He loved, to forgive as He forgave, and to extend grace as He extended grace. It means looking for opportunities to show kindness in both big and small ways, whether it’s offering a listening ear to a friend in need, extending a helping hand to a stranger, or simply speaking words of encouragement to someone who is struggling.

Let us embrace kindness as a sacred gift and a spiritual imperative—a tangible expression of our faith in action. Let us be kind, not out of obligation or duty, but out of a deep and abiding love for our fellow human beings. And may we never underestimate the transformative power of simple acts of compassion and grace, for in embracing kindness, we reflect the very heart of God to a world in desperate need of His love.

 
 
Jeff Lawrence

Sometimes it’s the simple ways we live that make the most impact.  I’ve found kindness to be an easy and consistent language to speak.  For if we are not kind, then how can we claim to follow Jesus?  So let’s start small and with gentleness and self-control – be KIND!  Give it a try and you might just find yourself offering clean water to those in barren deserts.

Jeff Lawrence

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