I’ve discovered that it’s experiencing God’s kindness that continually leads us back to Him, even when we’ve messed up or failed. Receiving His kindness and love also helps us reach out with that same kindness to others.
God especially wants us to share kindness with those around us. Why? Because many people can go through the day never feeling the effects of kindness, hearing an encouraging, positive word or smile. They are surrounded by negativity and hopelessness and are struggling.
To be honest these people are often the people we retreat from and avoid, because they seem to be grumpy or difficult all the time. But kindness has the power to change lives and simple acts of kindness can soften even the most hardened heart and work to heal a broken one.
The bible says “Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
Kindness is powerful to effect change and healing in people’s lives. Medical studies have found that there are huge benefits to us being kind. Not only does it make us and others feel good, studies have demonstrated that the psychological benefits are actually reflected in the circuitry of our brains. Being kind increases happiness, life satisfaction, self-esteem and works for young and old, regardless of race, religion or social status.
Another interesting study revealed that kindness is found to be more attractive to people than good looks. So perhaps if you are looking for a date, partner, friend or even spouse, think about practicing kindness.
When we are being kind, even if they are a stranger, we’re saying your life matters. And in what can be a hectic world, even a small gesture of kindness can help lift a bad mood, brighten someone’s day and open hearts up to the goodness of God.
Today make the time to show kindness to those around you. It’s good for your health, your brain and mood. Plus you may just make someone’s day and even meet your soul mate or next best friend.
Prayer: Lord thank you for your great kindness towards me. Help me to share that kindness with others today and to look for opportunities to make someone else’s day. In Jesus name Amen.