Thought for Thursday

And be ye kind, one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32

There are many people in this world who will be kind to you today. From the man who waits an extra moment so he can hold the door open for you, to the person who wishes you a cheery good morning, to the lady who goes out of her way to make sure you are comfortable in the waiting room, many people really do show kindness to those around them. When you encounter these folks, please be aware enough to express your thanks. Kindness isn’t something that everybody shows, so it should be recognized when it happens. As kindness becomes the more scarce in this day of selfishness, it should become more pronounced in the life of every believer.

Our text is speaking primarily of kindness to other Christians, although it is not exclusively so. There is no reason to be unkind to anyone. Kindness is a good testimony, and often opens the door to an opportunity to witness for our Lord. Kindness was epitomized by the Lord Jesus as he walked among us. His tender heart was always ready to provide comfort and caring to everyone He encountered. That should be our attitude, because we should have His attitude toward people.

Someone has defined kindness as love in work clothes. While this should be true of our interactions with unbelievers, as we seek to point them to the God of love, it should be especially true of our interactions with those of the household of faith. The context of our text is in connection with our relationships with other believers. What was the greatest kindness that God has shown to us? He forgave our sins. He has shown the same kindness to other believers. If God thinks enough of those folks to bestow His forgiveness on them, we should feel the same way. We will not only forgive anything they have done against us, but we will open our hearts to receive them as brothers and sisters in the Lord. We will be anxious for their welfare and interested in their comfort and success in all things. We will want to shower them with appreciation for anything they do for us, and to keep their best interests at heart.

Kindness is an individual thing. Don’t set out today to be kind to everybody, set out to be kind to one person in particular. And then look for a second person to be kind to, and then a third… -Jim MacIntosh

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