Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another,
forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you
Kindness is a sign of greatness! It is the harvest of the fruit of the Spirit which primarily benefits others and what a need we have for more of it in the world today. Unfortunately, people are so busy looking out for #1 that kindness is becoming more and more scarce. Many people think that taking the time to show kindness can be too time-consuming, too demanding, or too likely to interfere with their own lifestyle. But living the Spirit-filled life is not to be avoided. God has set the standard by which Christians are to live in lavishing His never-ending loving-kindness on each of us, through the person of Jesus Christ. In living a fruitful life, we are to treat others as we have been treated by God – with kindness, sympathy, compassion and generosity.
We’re all familiar with the scripture, “it is better to give than to receive.” No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. When given it is not lost rather it’s an investment that has eternal rewards. It also has a boomerang affect – the more you give, the more comes back to you. Kindness is a quality that is contagious. When people notice others being kind, they often become inspired themselves to act that way.
Being kind is love in action. Kindness is something you do. It’s a practical expression of love. It’s active, not just emotional. Everyone you encounter is fighting a battle that you know nothing about. As Christians, we must be watchful for everyday moments when a little kindness can make a big difference in another person’s day.
One day a man was walking on the beach and noticed a young boy throwing starfish into the ocean. As he came closer he said, “May I ask what you are doing?” The boy replied, “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.” “But there are thousands washed up today. I’m afraid you won’t make much of a difference”, said the man. The boy picked up another starfish and threw it as far as he could. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”
Your life is your message to the world – make sure it is inspiring!