Elect Lady's Corner
Biblical Wisdom In Plain English
Are You A Kind Person?
With all the wonderful attributes and titles we can give ourselves such as “I’m a good person, I’m a good Father or a good Mother; I’m educated, I’m a Christian, or maybe I’m a CEO of a company, a doctor, a lawyer, an engineer, a teacher, an architect, a pastor, etc., but with that being said, one of the most important questions you should ask yourself is: “Am I a kind person?”
Kindness is defined as: “selfless, compassionate, and merciful; a sympathetic attitude towards others, and a willingness to do good or give pleasure.” An example of a random “act of kind” is said to be: “when you give your best self to others without request or promise of return on investment.” Kindness is what you do for others and not what you take from others.
But, with all the fads and styles that come out in our world constantly, such as clothes, shoes, jewelry, hair styles, tattoos, etc.; do you ever ask yourself if you’re wearing kindness? Colossians 3:12 teaches us to: “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind …”
Kindness can also approve who you are according to 2 Corinthians 6:4, 6 which said: “But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, … by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,” But, one important reason why we should be kind to others is because despite our many sins and disobediences, God continues to show us great kindness.
Nehemiah 9:17: said: “and refused to obey, neither were mindful of Thy wonders that Thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, … but Thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsook them not.” Also, God’s kindness will never depart from us according to Isaiah 54:10a which said: “For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee … saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.”
It’s also good to know that kindness will not be forgotten and passed on to your family that comes after you. 2 Samuel 9:1-2, 7 said: “And David said, Is there any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan’s sake? And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he. And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.”
Kindness also allows others to reap where you have sown. 2 Samuel 10:1-2a said: “And it came to pass after this, that the king of the children of Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his stead. Then said David, I will shew kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father shewed kindness to me. And David sent to comfort him by the hand of his servants for his father.” God is not only kind to us, but He also gives us His loving kindness that draws us to Him.
Jeremiah 31:3 said: “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore, with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Henceforth, God required us to be kind one to another. Ephesians 4:32: “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, for giving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
So, I know you may feel like a great accomplished person, but at the end of the day, your kindness will be rewarded long after your accomplishments are forgotten. Jesus said in Revelation 22:12 (NIV): “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.” So, I ask you: “Are you a kind person?”
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