Volunteering. Family life. Faith. It’s not going to happen without kindess. That’s why I’ve decided to spend the past few days examining what kindness is. And what it is not.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines kindness as “the quality or state of being gentle and considerate.”
Here’s what the Bible says about kindness.
If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. – Romans 12:18
We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love. – 2 Corinthians 6:6
Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty. – Job 6:14
You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit. – Job 10:12
Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. – Romans 11:22
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. – Proverbs 3:3
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. And do not judge and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return. – Luke 6:36
A kindhearted woman gains honor, but ruthless men gain only wealth. Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves. – Proverbs 11:16-17
Gentle words are a tree of life… – Proverbs 15:4
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. – Luke 6:35
And the opposite of kindness:
For he refused all kindness to others; he persecuted the poor and needy, and he hounded the brokenhearted to death. – Psalm 109:16
They prey on the barren and childless woman, and to the widow they show no kindness. – Job 24:21
I don’t want to be the type of person that volunteers without love, that sacrifices for family out of duty and loses the honor of it, that has faith without showing God’s kindness to others. I’m going to take these verses and remember them. Because I can be better than I am.
I can make my words gentle, I can show kindness gladly, and love my enemies, expect nothing in return.
I can try.
What about you?