An Avalanche of Kindness

An Avalanche of Kindness

Does anybody remember the library VHS stickers that said, “BE KIND. REWIND?” I can’t tell you how many minutes I spent staring at those things in my childhood – in the rows of silent plastic-covered films, on the drive to or from the local library. But no matter how long I stared, I couldn’t figure out what kindness meant.

The way people use the concept of kindness is pretty confusing. We use it as a synonym for “nice,” “considerate,” and “polite.” But we know that it means more – it’s a fruit of the Holy Spirit after all (Galatians 5:22).

Kindness has been greased up so much that it’s hard to get a good grasp on it. While growing up, I finally decided that kindness was a way to make boundaries. You make sure not to do X or Y while at someone’s house, and that’s kindness. If you want to be extra kind, you do A + B + 14,000C.

But that isn’t kindness. That’s manipulation.

The boundaries that I made based on this false definition of kindness weren’t just about how I treated others. I made boundaries about what I would accept others to do for me.

And that misconception about kindness directly affected my relationship with the gospel. It made me want to reject and resist grace, because I saw it through a lens of manipulation instead of love.

The Lord has been incredibly kind to chase me with His love throughout my life. He has used situation after situation and person after person to show me unrelenting kindness that has gone beyond my comfort zone, smashing and tearing down the boundaries I set so long ago.

Professors, strangers, family, mentors, and friends…to borrow a hyped phrase: I can’t even. The kindness of each looked different. Sometimes it was as small as making me laugh on a hard day, but the kindness that these have given me has helped me understand God. It’s even more powerful when I consider that God appointed these people and situations to proclaim His kindness.

And His kindness is meant to lead us to repentance (Romans 2:4).

At this point, truth is avalanching in my heart because repentance is the only thing that has the power to resurrect from the dead. Kindness isn’t a particular set of culture-dictated standards of conduct, it is potent, life-giving sacrifice.


“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience – among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in KINDNESS toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:1-7

The immeasurable riches of grace.

Shown in kindness.

In Christ.

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Joy is a recent college grad and 2014 Precept intern. She is currently seeking out opportunities to serve the Lord in work and life, while learning what it looks like to focus more on Jesus each day.

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