16 years ago I had some drastic changes happen in my life. Kindness was shown to me when I didn’t deserve it. It started when I connected with a group of people who were part of a new church plant in Greer, SC. I struggled with a lot of hurt and confusion about life, but they accepted me with all my hangups and issues. They were patient and gave me time to find healing. Their kindness changed me and allowed me time to change. I went from being a bitter, frustrated wanderer into a different person – one who no longer insulted or belittled people. Their kindness showed made me understand kindness. It gave me a different template on which to base my actions and reactions.
To be honest, I still have to be careful with how I joke with people, but I find it a lot easier to share the kindness that was shared with me. My friend’s kindnesses went a long way!
Why is Kindness Difficult?
It’s funny how life sometimes works. Society seems to have lost the ability to be kind. The most confused around us can’t even see that kindness might build better friendships or relationships. We cover our hurt by attempting to hurt others with slicing comments and actions. If we are hurt by others, we think that that we should hurt them back for revenge or we hurt others to make ourselves feel slightly superior. It’s like we think that if we inflict pain then our pain will be lessened. What a lie!
The moment that we begin to open our hearts and minds to the power of kindness we can begin to overcome our hurts. I have one simple verse today:
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
Take any situation and act in kindness to the other people involved and things will instantly get a little better. Feel your anger rising? Then be do the opposite and let kindness be your response.
Cowards act in anger, turn away their feelings and just bash everything around them. Revolutionary thinkers know that kindness is one of the most powerful, life-changing emotions and actions that we have.
LIVE above the ordinary – let kindness be your answer!
Make your next “project” in life be loving someone that is unlovable in your life. It will take courage and the Holy Spirit inside of you to do it! Pray, fast, and trust in God!
Check out a post from earlier this week – Forced Expectations.
Check out my Sermon – Basic – Grace