June 3rd 2010

Clothed With Kindness

5th in a series

“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love…”
Romans 12:10 (NKJV)

One of the finest accolades you can afford someone is to describe him or her as kind. Some say that kindness is the quality that makes the world go roundthe right way.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox wrote in her poem, ‘The World’s Need’:
 “So many gods, so many creeds, so many paths that wind and wind,
While just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs.”

What is kindness? The Shorter Oxford Dictionary says, “Naturally well disposed; sympathetic; considerate; generous; liberal; courteous”.

It is as gentleness that we find it as a fruit of God’s Spirit. The Greek word is ‘chrestotes’: kindness (usefulness).

It is an active expression; it is something that we do. It is not reclining in our comfortable chair thinking kind thoughts. Our day needs to be filled with acts of kindness, which broadcast the very nature of God. Kindness preaches out loud the gospel. Notice what the Apostle Paul wrote to Titus, “But when the kindness and the love of God our Saviour towards man appeared…” (Titus 3:4). Paul describes the appearing of Christ, which is the Gospel, as God’s kindness toward man. It would follow then that when we emulate God and show kindness to man, we are preaching the gospel to all who see it.

Our English proverb, ‘A friend in need is a friend in deed’ captures some of this kindness. When we see the opportunity to be kind to someone in need, there is the opportunity to preach the gospel and to let some of the light of Christ shine forth into this sad world.

As we make our way through each day let’s be alert to the needs of others, and let us take the opportunity to express kindness in any way that we can.

Father in heaven please open my eyes to the needs of others this day and help me seize the opportunity to express the kindness you showed to all men in and through Jesus Christ.

Study by David Stirk 

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