By: Patriot, Brooklyn OH1717
It’s hard to choose kindness sometimes.
When my siblings have broken my new pair of earbuds, I don’t want to be kind.
When someone runs into me in the store and doesn’t say “sorry,” kindness is far from my mind.
When one of my friends says something hurtful to me, I don’t want to consider kindness as an option.
My heart doesn’t naturally want to choose kindness. My fallen self wants to lash out at people and be rude.
So why should I be kind?
The Bible says many things about kindness. The most popular verse that mentions it is Galatians 5:22, where Paul the Apostle discusses the fruit of the Spirit. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; against such things there is no law.”
If we want to reflect Christ’s love for us and show people that he’s working in our lives, choosing kindness is a great option. This is possible even in most difficult circumstances when we choose to walk in the Spirit.
Proverbs 21:21 says, “Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.” God blesses those who look to be kind and good. He loves kindness! He is so good and loving towards us, so why don’t we reflect that same goodness and love towards others?
God loves and forgives us when we mess up. We do wrong things a lot, so God’s grace must be sufficient.
When someone wrongs us or does something to make us upset, our immediate reaction will be to lash out at them or build up bitterness within us. Yet God forgives us every single day for the sinful things we do, and He pours out his generosity and kindness towards us. We should be so thankful for His kindness that we want to show it to those around us.
I challenge you to go out of your way and do something kind for someone else. Get creative and do it with joy! Big or small, acts of kindness have a lasting impact on people. And don’t forget to thank God for His faithful kindness towards us. It’s because of Him that we get to bless others with love and goodness!
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