Keeping the discipline of kindness in all circumstances is one of the most exacting and demanding aspects of practising our faith. It means letting go of a witty putdown or a chance to vindicate ourselves. It means passing up the chance to humiliate people who have been mean to us.
Kindness makes us go out of our way when it’s inconvenient, not letting it show when we are bored, sitting with the ones others have rejected as companions, listening to the interminable stories of the old, missing out on interesting conversations to get down on the floor and play with a child who feels ignored and left out.
Truth without kindness is deadly. Righteousness without kindness is chilling.
A home or marriage without kindness cannot be happy.
How blessed are the children whose parents are kind, the congregations whose pastors are kind, the animals whose husbandmen are kind.
Without kindness, life is grim and lonely, hardly worth living.
A workaday, ordinary virtue, not designed to get anybody noticed, kindness is a jewel indeed, a fruit of the Spirit, a most precious manifestation of the presence of God.
It has been said that it is better to be kind than to be right. What do you think?
Can you think of instances when someone showed you great kindness? What difference did that make to you?
Can you identify an area in your life where you would like to be kinder than you normally are?
We thank you, God of love, for being so kind to us. When we were lost, you did not give up on us but brought us home. When we were afraid, you stayed with us and restored our peace. You came to us in Jesus and gave us a living hope and life in abundance. You have poured out blessing upon blessing to gladden our lives. Thank you, God of love, for your kindness. By your grace, may our hearts and minds be renewed in the likeness of Jesus, so that when others look upon our faces, they see his kindness in our eyes. For we ask it in his holy name; Amen.