2 Things You Can Do In Kindness

Be Kind

Be kind

This phrase has become a mantra for Christians and non-Christians alike. We’ve all seen the cute plaques that say something like, “Be kind. You never know what someone is facing.” But what does it actually mean, from a Biblical perspective, to be kind?

  • Don’t lie?
  • Don’t yell?
  • Don’t push one another’s buttons?
  • Don’t eat your roommates Oreos?

Quote 1

The Bible has a lot to say about kindness. A lot of it is in reference to God’s kindness toward us. In Titus 3 it says:

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our savior appeared, he saved us. . . . so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life (v.4,5,7).

In Romans 11:

Note then the kindness and severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off (v.22).

  • Wait… What was that last thing?
  • Did he just say that we are required to walk in kindness?
  • How do we do that???

Before we go further in our thought process, let’s revisit the passage from Ephesians

. . . because of the great love with which he loved us (v.4).

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God’s kindness was bestowed upon us because of his love for us. So what does it look like to walk in love?

And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments (2John 6).

Kindness is so much more than being nice. True kindness is only obtained when we are obeying God’s commands toward one another. The book of Philippians gives us a beautiful picture of what that looks like in the church:

. . .[be] of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others (Phil.2:2-4).

This is no simple task. Kindness is serious business. This passage is calling us to empty ourselves of self, yet it is exactly what Christ did when he emptied himself by taking the form of a servant (Phil.2:7). And in following Christ’s example, we must be kind not only to fellow believers, but also to those who are still enemies of God (and quite possibly opposers of our faith).

But I say to you, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust (Matt.5:44-45).

2 Things

What two things does God call us to do for our enemies?

1. Love them

2. Pray for them

This is tough stuff, yet this is our calling. This is what it means to be kind. Join with me in pursuing biblical kindness. Let us strive together to love the Lord, to love the body, and to love our enemies. Let us be kind that, whether by life or by death, Christ will be honored in our bodies (Phil.1:20)!

As you go throughout your day, ask God to give you some practical ways you can show kindness 1) to the body and 2) to an enemy.

Melissa Pic

Melissa is from the great state of North Carolina. She loves to sing and play guitar in her free time. She was an intern with Transform Student Ministries in 2014.

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