Kindness

There are many definitions for kindness, such that you can just hazard a guess and you’d be right. It is such a wonderful quality, that we almost instantly recognize it when we see it, can perceive its absence and want to be the recipient of it, even if we do not hold ourselves to the standard of giving it out.

Colossians 3:12
[12]Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

To put it simply, kindness is defined by the Oxford dictionary as:

the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.

So let’s explore a bit. The quality of being friendly. In our ultra-competitive world, being friendly is often misunderstood. Sometimes seen as an attempt to sabotage or take advantage of someone. To occur friendly sometimes involves genuinely reaching out and showing concern, being able to share moments with people. Being available and making time.

The quality of being generous. Generous with time, with materials, with words, with thoughts, and in our actions. These things I understand do not come naturally. Some of us are rash with our tongues, unkind in our thoughts, and malicious in our actions. Sometimes for no fault of ours. For some, it’s almost an unconscious thing.

The quality of being considerate. Watching out for others, esteeming them better. Putting others first. Treating them as we would want to be treated even if they do not do so.

I find that it is sometimes easier to be kind to those we think deserve it or are worth our kindness. But this should not be. The Holy Spirit can do work upon our hearts that make kindness our normal expression to all and at all times.

Proverbs 31:26
[26]She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

It’s worthy of note that whilst kindness for the believer becomes an attribute of the heart and expression in character, the law of kindness is domiciled in the tongue such that whatever is said is not found wanting when placed against this law.

Let’s make a commitment to practice kindness. Let’s put on kindness.

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