A Generous Dose of Kindness
“Be kind to one another…” (Ephesians 4:32).
As I’m writing these words, it’s raining outside. The ground is receiving a generous dose of water. Truth be told, we need a little rain. Truth be told, we need a little kindness. It seems as though everywhere we turn there is conflict, hatred, discord, disrespect, animosity, and antagonism. We see it on television, social media, and we experience it firsthand. Sometimes we are even the ones dishing it out.
But Jesus has higher expectations for his Church than this. Jesus was the kindest man who ever lived. The fact that God would put on flesh and be born a human being to save a sinful humanity is by far the greatest act of kindness the world has ever known. One of Jesus’ greatest enemies, and greatest followers, the apostle Paul, wrote:
“Be kind to one another” (Ephesians 4:32).
“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with… kindness” (Colossians 3:12).
“love is kind” (1 Corinthians 13:4).
After a long day this past Sunday, I got comfortable on the couch with my two daughters and we tuned in to the second presidential debate. As expected, it was tense. But I don’t think we were expecting it to end the way it did. Just when we thought nothing else could be said, Karl Becker asked the final question of the night, “Regardless of the current rhetoric, would either of you name one positive thing that you respect in one another?” The crowd cheered and applauded. Hillary Clinton stated, “I respect his children.” Donald Trump stated, “She’s a fighter.” Kindness was shown. Respect was rendered. Tension decreased. A handshake took place. And we all took a much needed breath.
Mark Twain has commented, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” What our world needs is kindness. What our children need to see is kindness. What you and I need (to give and receive) is kindness. So may we fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), who shows us how to be kind to one another.