We can all agree this present world of ours needs more kindness. Individually, we may not be able to do much about the vitriolic, venomous rhetoric dominating our national discussions, but we can do something about impacting our own little circle of influence by intentionally injecting more kindness into our daily discourse and interactions with others.
Being kind always, even in those moments where we don’t feel quite up to the task, glorifies the God we serve. As a response, kindness cuts through the thickest air of dissension. Kindness honors our parents as well as our Lord. The work of Christ on the Cross has alleviated us from the burdens associated with trying to keep the Law, freeing us to be kind in every aspect of our daily life.
Kindness is demonstrated through our benevolence and graciousness toward others. Love, joy, and peace focus more on the command to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind. Patience, kindness, and goodness help us show our love toward others.
Prayer: God, help me be kinder today. Let me deal with people benevolently and graciously so that I may honor you in all that I say and do. If I am kinder, I am happier.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)