Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A New Heart: Kindness

"Giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited...in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love" (2 Corinthians 6:3, 6, New American Standard Bible). 

In college, I remember walking one day across campus with earbuds on, listening to music while pacing to my next class. A cyclist approached, and it ended up being an old friend who stopped just to say hi. We took a moment to catch up on a few things. I admire the way this friend makes a habit of being unusually kind, even on a busy day.

How have you seen kindness this week?

Kindness can be seen in many ways. It may not stand out, but it can make a difference. As we make efforts to be kind to others, we can remember how God shows us kindness. for example, if we help someone with their bags or with a move, we share how Christ help us with large loads, pressure, and changes in life. When we take time to listen and to show concern, we how how God listens when we pray.

As believers saved by grace, we see what true kindness looks like in our relationship with Him. He is the way we are able to show others kindness. He hears our prayers, is present through our struggles and joys, and is there to help us through any time of joy or struggle, celebration or challenge. It is how He won us to Him, by showing us kindness by Christ's sacrifice.

Even today, how has God shown you kindness? How can you show it to someone else today?

Lord, thanks for showing us kindness. Help us show the impact this makes on us. We're not perfect, but work in us to help us to be kind to others today so others can see more of You and Your influence. Amen.

Hear the song, "Kindness" by Christ Tomlin at YouTube.com here.
Above study based on the workbook HeartCall: Women Sharing God's Heart (Jaye Martin, 1999).
Photo from http://il-sebourn.blogspot.com.