Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
– Colossians 3:12-13 (NIV)
Why be kind?
• Because God is kind to us
Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
– Romans 2:4 (NIV)
• Because we want others to be kind to us
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you…
– Matthew 7:12a (NIV)
FIVE WAYS TO BE KIND TO PEOPLE
1. Be Sensitive
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
– Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV)
“Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.” Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”
– 2 Samuel 9:7-8 (NIV)
2. Be Supportive
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
– Proverbs 15:1 (NIV)
Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.
– Proverbs 3:3 (NLT)
3. Be Sympathetic
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
– Romans 12:15 (NIV)
– John 11:35 (NIV)
4. Be Straightforward
You can trust a friend who corrects you, but kisses from an enemy are nothing but lies.
– Proverbs 27:6 (CEV)
5. Be Spontaneous
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Galatians 6:10 (NIV)
It is more blessed to give than to receive.
– bActs 20:35 (NIV)
There are all kinds of people around us who are hurting. They are hurting physically – emotionally – spiritually. The questions I must ask myself are, “What is my excuse for not helping them? And “Why am I not a kind person?”