Wrap your heart and mind around this: cultivate kindness. Proverbs 3:3 tells us to bind love and faithfulness around our necks and write them on the tablets of our hearts. Kindness is fueled by love. Paul tells us in Galatians that kindness is one of the fruits of the Holy Spriit (Galatians 5:22), and then in Colossians, he tells us to clothe ourselves with kindness.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:12-14, NIV
You are one of God’s chosen people. He loves you dearly. His love redeemed us and set us apart. Out of the overflow in our hearts, we are to be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle and patient. Sadly, these are things God has been telling me I need to work on lately. Honestly, we all need to work on cultivating these traits more. Can you imagine the difference it would make?
Recently, our family was touched by kindness. What seemed like small acts were HUGE in our eyes. They were like great, big hugs from God right when we needed them. Words couldn’t adequately express our gratitude.
Fueled by love and compassion, kindness puts down roots. Kindness flourishes and spreads when we continue to freely give it. “One person gives freely, yet gains even more” (Proverbs 11:24a, NIV). Bob Goff, author of Love Does, says, “Throw kindness around like confetti.” What a beautiful word picture! Let’s do it, friends, and be the change we wish to see in the world.
Father God, Your love spurs us on. Fill us to the brim with your loving kindness in order that we might throw it around like confetti everywhere we go. In Jesus’s name, I ask.