Showing Kindness

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A few weeks ago I gave a lesson on “kindness” as part of our fruit of the spirit series. In preparation for the lesson I stumbled across a quote by Eddie Foster: 

Kindness is humbly giving of ourselves in love and mercy to others who may not be able to give anything back, who sometimes don’t deserve it, and who frequently don’t thank us for it. Basically kindness means a way of thinking that leads to doing thoughtful deeds for others.

God Exemplifies Kindness

God exemplifies kindness in the most perfect way— by showing us love and mercy knowing we are unable to pay him back, knowing we don’t deserve it, and we frequently don’t thank him for it. The perfect example of His kindness was the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross. He paid our debt to God for our sin knowing that we could NEVER pay it back.

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:4-7)

Kindness is not foolish

Some people say that kindness is foolish because we get nothing out of it. Paul reminds us that that’s not true. Paul reminds us that “we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, let astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing out days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another” (Titus 3:3).

Does that sound familiar? Being kind isn’t foolish, but rather being selfish is foolish. Being disobedient is foolish. Seeking after pleasures is foolish. Hating others and being envious is foolish. Being kind is pleasing to the Lord. 

We were created for good works

In Ephesians 2:10 Paul reminds us that we are God’s masterpiece created for good works. We were created to be mirror images of His son, bringing glory and honor to Him. Jesus was about helping others, serving others, doing good deeds for others while glorifying His Father in heaven. We too should be about that. Remember, “Kindness is humbly giving of ourselves in love and mercy to others who may not be able to give anything back, who sometimes don’t deserve it, and who frequently don’t thank us for it. Basically kindness means a way of thinking that leads to doing thoughtful deeds for others” (Eddie Foster).  

We can’t fake kindness. Kindness can never be self serving. Generally speaking, we need to be doing kingdom work. Kingdom work never glorifies ourselves. Sure our light may be bright, but our goal is to not have people see us for how bright our light is, but to where our light points—God. 

Let us learn to show true kindness to the world. 

Kindness is humbly giving of ourselves in love and mercy to others who may not be able to give anything back, who sometimes don’t deserve it, and who frequently don’t thank us for it.
— Eddie Foster

Jonathan Germany, associate minister at Holly Hill church of Christ in Frankfort, KY. 

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