In a world that seems to be consumed with bitterness, wrath, anger, evil speaking, moral decline and so much sin and corruption, how do we begin to be kind one to another? Surrounded by the negativity, fear, and hopelessness that sometimes permeate our daily lives, it is easy to totally erase any thoughts of kindness from our mind and certainly from our actions toward others. Yet, as Christians, God commands us to be kind one to another.
We often forget that the currupt world we know and live in today actually began for humanity in the Garden of Eden. From the fall of man and throughout the Old Testament there are countless stories of corrupt lives, battles, destruction and cruelty to others. Is today’s world, at it’s core, any different from those times or any different from New Testament times when our Lord was crucified on the Cross at Golgotha or Stephen was stoned to death?
Interspersed and paramount throughout Old Testament scripture we find the kindness of God. Nehemiah tells us in Nehemiah 9:17 that God is “Abundant in kindness” (NKJV). Psalms and Isaiah describe the “lovingkindness of the Lord” as precious, good, marvelous, everlasting, merciful, better than life and for a multitude. Jeremiah tells us in Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” In New Testament scripture, Jesus shows us how to take a steadfast love and to show it in action, extending kindness to our fellow man.
As the chosen, the elect, of our God, we are reassured that God will not remove His “lovingkindness” from us. As the chosen, the elect, of our God, we are to extend kindness to others. As one person, we may not be able to change the entire world, but we can make a difference in each of our individual worlds. We can make a difference in the life of each person who crosses our path by extending a simple act of kindness – a smile, a helping hand, a meal, a hug, a card, a kind word, a prayer, a donation. We CAN make a difference in an unkind world — one kind act, one person at a time.
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32 NKJV