One of the first things you learn as a kid is to be kind to others. We learned not to bite the kid next to us just because they took our yellow crayon. I feel like the word kind is overused. In my mind, it starts to lack meaning, so when I saw that it was the next Fruit of the Spirit, I didn’t know exactly what to write about. Then, my favorite bible verse popped into mind.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
This is how I look at a difficult situation. When someone is unkind, I think about how God sees everything that I do wrong. He forgives me for all of my sins, so why shouldn’t I forgive someone else? I feel like in today’s world everyone is so quick to judge. The first thing we see in a person are their faults. Does God just look in disgust at our faults? I don’t think so. He’s the one who created us for crying out loud. He notes all of the wonderful parts that make us who we are. In this verse, He commands us to do likewise to others. He wants us to be kindhearted and sympathetic towards each other. We have no reason not to forgive someone because the Lord forgives every mistake we make.
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29)
The easiest way to let kindness flow from you is by purifying your tongue. Kindness starts with words. Words can either break or make you. Think about it. Think back to a time when someone cut deep into your heart because of the hurtful words they said to you. It made you feel terrible, right? Now think to a time when someone spoke words that warmed your heart. I bet it made you feel like you were floating on air. Which person would you rather be? The one who causes someone to be hurt or the one who builds someone up.
Be the one who gives grace to others. Lift up others with kind words. Don’t grow tired of being kind. Just think about how kind the Lord has been to you.