Take a minute and think of someone you know who is kind. It could be a friend at school, a family member, or someone from church.
What qualities does this person have?
For me, I can think of many special people who are kind. They are people who are very sensitive to the needs of others. They are people who are there for me and others, during difficult times. They are people who allow others to go first and live a sacrificial lifestyle.
God’s Word says, “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 (NASB)
When someone runs through the hallway at school, bangs into you, and just keeps going, how do you respond?
When you see someone with a disability, who needs help opening a door, what do you do?
When you notice your mom has been working hard and there is a pile of dishes on the counter, how do you respond?
It is interesting to note that this verse shows that forgiving others is a way of being kind to one another.
Take sometime to think about people in your life, you may need to forgive. Forgiving someone can be a difficult thing to do, especially when someone hurts us badly. Remember that forgiveness doesn’t mean you are telling someone what they did or said was right to do, but you are releasing that hurt to the Lord and freeing yourself as well. Being forgiving is also being kind to yourself!
Think about your day today. Ask God to give you opportunities to be kind to someone. If there is someone you need to forgive, ask God to help you do that.
Please share your stories with us. It will be an encouragement to others!
Heavenly Father, We ask you to give us opportunities to show kindness to someone who needs that today. We pray against having a bitter and resentment heart today. We ask that You show us who we may need to forgive today. May we be able to do that in the power of the Holy Spirit. Let us love others like You love us today! In Jesus Name! Amen!