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The Power of Kindness

Weekly Devotionals

The Power of Kindness

“So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?” (Romans 2:3-4)

Jesus was probably the kindest person who ever existed on the planet. His kindness was so radiant that sinners and hardened hearts were turning to him. In the love chapter, 1 Cor 13, love is described as patient and kind. It sounds so normal that love should be kind. However, practicing kindness is definitely not a natural habit for most of us. It comes with practice and training. It is easy to be kind and patient when we feel good and things are going the way that I wanted. The problem occurs when things get difficult. To be kind to a kind person is easy but to be kind to a person who is rude and mean, is not easy. That’s when our concept of kindness is challenged. Because many times when we say love is kind, we think about talking with a gentle voice or not being mad or smiling. We think of it as an emotion. However, kindness is not an emotion but is a choice and attitude.

When people are not nice to us or even disrespectful, our natural response would be to be entitled to pay back the rudeness. However, loving our enemy is what we were called to do. As challenging it sounds, it is one of the most critical characteristics and evidence in Christian life.

If we look into the life that Jesus lived and showed for us, He was a true champion of kindness. He was kind to the man whose ear was cut while trying to capture Jesus. He healed him. He was kind when people mocked him to associate with sinners and prostitutes. His life speaks kindness even today as He provides forgiveness abundantly to the whole world. If we think that kindness is a good feeling, the kind life that Jesus lived would have been impossible. He was kind when he felt good and bad. He probably didn’t feel good when he was dying on the cross yet He was kindly giving His life to us.

One of the most powerful things about kindness is that His kindness led us into repentance.

Because of His kindness, we are His. When we are kind to those who don’t deserve it, that’s when the power of kindness shines through hardened hearts.

May God give us the strengths for us to be able to practice kindness in everything that we do and when things become difficult, we may praise God for the opportunity to shine through the darkness. Only good can overcome evil, light for darkness.