I want to be known as a kind person. Kindness is one of my goals. I’ve tasted unkindness and decided that it’s something I never want to share.
In my Bible reading the other day, I came across this verse:
“The Lord is righteous in everything he does;
he is filled with kindness.”
I think one of the hardest things about being kind, for me anyway, is expecting other people to be kind. It’s like my mind thinks that because I’m kind, perhaps it will have an effect on other people–an effect they’ll reciprocate. As if in treating others the way I would wish to be treated, they will start treating me the way I wish to be treated. But kindness doesn’t come about by accident or passivity; it’s something that must be purposefully implemented.
And this verse just hit me in the middle of those unmet hopes, of those unkind comments people made, that God is kind. He’s full of it (kindness, that is). People don’t have to be. But those who spend time in the presence of God should be. Not because it’s a requirement, but because it’s a by-product. It’s a result of spending time with God, of fellowshipping with His spirit.
Just like I said on Monday, if you get it, you get it. If you see, you see. If you understand, you understand. If Holy Spirit has done a takeover in your life, you’re kind. It doesn’t mean we’re never unkind–I know I certainly have my unkind moments and thoughts–but that unkindness isn’t because God doesn’t have enough kindness for us, it’s because we take back over and try to react in our own strength instead of responding in His spirit.
Like Cinderella, I long to have courage and be kind. And the way to do that isn’t to make resolutions or only be around nice people. It’s not to bite your tongue until it’s numb or to just keep your thoughts from coming out of your mouth by pushing them deeper into your heart. The way to have courage and be kind is to invite God into your life, your heart, your thoughts, your emotions, your spirit. It cannot be done without Him, but thank God it can be done with Him. He’s full of kindness. For me, for you, and for all the unkind people around us–and for the times those people overlap.
He’s got enough kindness for all of us.
That’s a lot of kindness.
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