Put on . . . kindness. (Colossians 3:12)
Last week I was sitting at a stoplight in rush hour traffic and my van died. I frantically put it in park so I could restart it, praying that I could at least get to the side of the road. It started and immediately began to spew steam. The temperature indicator was as high as it could go. Quickly I pulled onto the shoulder and called my husband.
I sat there for a few minutes and a white SUV pulled in front of me and got out. A young man got out and walked back to me. I got out of my van and he immediately asked if I was ok. I told him my husband was on the way and he said “OK. I’ll just stay with you until he gets here.” My Good Samaritan was 16 years old. That night he was definitely wearing kindness. It quickly became clear that he was a Christian and we talked about church, his plans for the future, and other things. He stayed with me the entire hour it took PD to get there.
Kindness made a not-so-great situation into one that was bearable. My heart was lifted by the kindess of a 16 year old boy. Kindness is simple, yet priceless.
According to the Webster’s 1828 dictionary kindness “delights in contributing to the happiness of others.” I love that definition!
God is kind. The Word mentions over and over the kindness of the Lord. As Jesus walked the earth, His kindness to the broken, the abused, and the lost made all the difference in their lives. Romans 2:4 tells us that is God’s kindness that leads people to repentance. Not judgment. Not nagging. Kindness. God’s desire is to transform us to be like Jesus. As we allow the fruit of kindness to grow in our lives, we will make a difference in the lives of others. We will be “Jesus with skin on” to a broken world.
God has commanded us to be kind. Kindness does not always come naturally to us. Oh, when everything is going well for us it might be easy to be kind to others, but what about on our bad days? Do our children see us as kind? Do our closest friends? Being kind to others when we do not feel like it is will impact us more than it impacts others. When we choose kind words we are cultivating the fruit of the Spirit in our lives and we will reap a great harvest. For ourselves and for others.