Kindness isn’t just a series of gestures (or thumbs up) — it’s a lifestyle. Kindness has to be intentional… it changes everything.
“OCCASIONAL KINDNESS HAS LIMITED POWER, BUT RELENTLESS KINDNESS HAS THE POWER TO RESTORE, INSPIRE AND UNITE.”
Every single day, you are going to be faced with a choice: to be kind, or be unkind… with your words, your actions, and your attitude. You have no idea how much your kindness could mean to someone. It could mean just a little, or it could mean everything. As a follower of Jesus, it’s our responsibility to react with kindness.
Choose to clothe yourself in kindness.
Choose to react in kindness, even though the other person doesn’t seem very kind. (They will be impacted by the kindness you showed them.)
Kindness spreads and spreads and the more you give it, the more you’re filled with it! If you want to overflow with kindness, start reacting in kindness towards others.
Jesus demonstrated remarkable kindness in his final hours on the cross.
“One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” LUKE 23:39-43
Despite unimaginable pain and humiliation, he used his last moments on Earth to bring another person into the Kingdom.
If you try to be kind on your own, you’ll probably fail. But, if you tap into the power of the Holy Spirit, He will enable you to extend kindness in greater ways than you ever imagined.