Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
Kindness is not to be confused with niceness. Niceness comes from a place of tolerance, a mannerism if you will. But kindness, comes from an overflow of the heart. Kindness is not only niceness, but is also generous and considerate. God has actually called us to love everyone as He has loved us.. I know, easier said than done.
When I think of what true kindness encompasses, I am reminded of the story of the Good Samaritan. Long story short, a man asks Jesus how to inherit eternal life. Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself..” (Luke 10:27) The man then asks, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus goes on to tell of the story of the good Samaritan:
“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ (Luke 10:30-35)
This is true kindness. The Samaritan not only saw the man, he pitied him, he sympathized for him. So he fixed him up, put him on his donkey, and took him in. He was considerate, and generous, and he loved his neighbor as he loved himself. This is what Jesus calls us to do, be kind to one another, love our neighbors. That includes loving our enemies.
Do not take revenge, let God take care of it. Bless your enemies, overcome evil with Good. (Romans 12:19-21)
This goes far beyond the surface, it’s our ultimate call – to spread the love of Jesus to everyone around us. When we do this, we inherit the eternal life that Jesus has promised to us. ~ Arrianna
Your Turn: Did you know there was a difference between niceness and kindness? How does this insight inspire you to show kindness? Has there been a time when someone was the good Samaritan in your life? We’d like to know! ~ Breath on Paper