To be kind takes courage – the courage to step out of our comfort zone to help another person and to choose to be the best version of ourselves. Courage to be kind even if that means risking loss or rejection in offering our kindness.
I’ve discovered that it’s in receiving God’s kindness and love that enables me to reach out with that same kindness to others.
“Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads to repentance” (Romans 2:4)
Many people can go through the day, never feeling the effects of kindness and hearing an encouraging, positive word or smile. These people are often the ones we retreat from and avoid because they seem to be grumpy or demanding all the time. But kindness has the power to change that, 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, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
Medical studies have found that there are considerable benefits to us being kind and that it is powerful to effect change and healing in people’s lives. Not only does kindness make us and others feel good, but studies revealed the psychological benefits in our brains’ circuitry. Being kind increases happiness, life satisfaction, and self-esteem and works for young and old, regardless of race, religion or social status.
Other research revealed that kindness is 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.
Even a small gesture of kindness sends a message that people matters. It 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, how you are feeling and when expressed will make someone’s day. You may even meet your soul mate or next best friend.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your great kindness towards me. Please help me share that kindness with others today and for opportunities to make someone else’s day. In Jesus name Amen.