God is rich in kindness towards us, but sadly, society and even religion have twisted the image people can have of God. They blame Him for all the unkindness and hurts that they see in the world or may experience.
But God is kind. Kindness is who He is and the more you know Him and let yourself receive His love and kindness the more it becomes apparent in your own life. It’s in experiencing God’s kindness that often leads people to Him.
“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)
God wants you to share kindness with those around you. With your family, your friends, workmates, and those you meet through the day. Why? Because people desperately need to see that kindness in you. Many go through the day never feeling the effects of kindness, never hearing a kind word, or encouraging smile. They are surrounded by negativity and hopelessness and are struggling. To be honest, these people are often the people you retreat from and avoid because they seem to be struggling and are grumpy all the time.
But kindness has the power to change that. Practicing simple acts of kindness can soften a hardened heart and 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)
It takes courage to be kind. Courage to step out of your comfort zone to help another person. Courage to be kind even if that means risking loss or rejection in offering your kindness. But if you are secure in who you are and in God’s love for you, then showing kindness is far easier, and you understand that it’s not about you but about who you are kind to.
Kindness is powerful to effect change and healing in people’s lives. But it’s also beneficial for us. Medical studies have found that there are huge benefits to being kind. Not only does kindness make us and others feel good, but studies have demonstrated that the psychological benefits of kindness are reflected in the brain’s circuitry. Being kind increases happiness, life satisfaction, and self-esteem. It works for young and old, regardless of race, religion or social status.
When you are kind, you show someone that they mean something to you. Even if they are a stranger, you’re saying; your life matters. And in people’s often hectic and harsh world, even a kind word or a small gesture can help lift a bad mood, brighten someone’s day, give hope and open hearts up to the goodness of God.
Another interesting study revealed that kindness is found to be more attractive to people than good looks. So if you are looking for a date, partner, friend or even spouse, think about practicing kindness.
Today make the time to show kindness to those around you. It’s good for your health, brain, and mood; you may make someone’s day and even meet your soul mate.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your great kindness towards me. Please help me share that kindness with others and look for opportunities to make someone’s day? Amen. In Jesus Name.