Let’s Choose Kindness

Even when things seem bleak, we are not without hope, I love this verse from Psalm 30:5

For his anger is but for a moment his favour is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

This week at Church at home, we were following on with our series, How to get along with anyone (As much as it depends on you) – Kindness.

The idea of being kind has come up a lot in recent years, especially on social media, a place where kindness can seem a foreign concept at times. There is a quote that gets used, often.

IN A WORLD WHERE YOU CAN BE ANYTHING, BE KIND.

I think this quote is awesome and yet we must consciously make the decision to be kind, it isn’t always in our nature.

In our humanness we often act in selfish ways, not because we purposely want to be mean, but because we often prefer ourselves over others.

And yet Jesus was the opposite of this, he constantly preferred others. Matt shared this week that even when Jesus was dying on the cross, he showed great kindness to those who killed Him.

Kindness isn’t just about doing nice things, it needs to be a genuine act, stemming from love. My niece has had to learn what true sharing is, like all toddlers do. She would sign and say share when she wanted something if it was yours but wasn’t always so keen on giving you whatever was hers.

As adults we think that we’ve got it down, but kindness sometimes requires us to live sacrificially, it can require us to use our time, energy, and materials. This isn’t to say that we should run ourselves empty or do stuff that is beyond what we can cope with. But it does mean stepping out and pursuing kindness, the kind of kindness Jesus demonstrated.

What would this look like for you? For me it means I need to pray. I need to pray because I can act kind to a lot of people, but I don’t want to act. I need to pray because I want to be genuinely kind, to be like Jesus. Which in all honesty requires a lot more patience and grace than is in my nature.

Let’s be kind, not because we have to, but because we genuinely want to be.

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