Cultivate Kindness

Stephanie

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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.

Amelia Earhart kindness quote

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.  

14 Comments

    1. Kelly, that’s so true. I hadn’t even thought of it that way. But you’re so right, keeping it simple and pointing people to God’s Word is really what matters. So thankful you stopped by today. Thank you.

    1. Crystal, that definitely resonates with me. It must be from His strength and with His grace out of the overflow of our surrendered hearts. I’m thankful for the opportunity to share what God’s laid on my heart through #IntentionalTuesday. Thank you for stopping by today.

  1. Thanks for this simple encouragement! Kindness is precious and I think we often forget it’s a fruit we’re called to cultivate! I know what you mean too- we’ve been blessed by kindnesses that seem little to most, but to us they were the Lord Himself getting involved. Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Bethany, thank you for your continued encouragement. Kindness fueled by God’s love definitely reveals a greater level of significance. I’m so glad you stopped by.

  2. Thanks for the encouragement to be kind. If we can “put on” kindness, then that means it is a choice we can make. And we can all make that choice. 🙂

    1. So true, Jo! One of the quotes from Lysa TerKeurst I love the most is, “We make our choices, and then our choices make us.” Wouldn’t it be awesome if you chose kindness and love more?

  3. Thanks for this great reminder. You, my friend, are one who I will always see in my mind as one who demonstrates kindness from our first meeting in Littleton to the present. It is an attribute that comes to mind quickly when your name is mentioned. Blessings, love, and hugs across the miles to you!!

    1. Pam, I could say the same thing about you!! You, my friend, are most definitely compassionate and kind. Thank you so much for your continued encouragement. Much love!