It sure isn’t in our nature to be kind when we are mistreated, bullied, or ignored. We want to toss out snarky remarks, retaliation, or sometimes people use physical force like a quick slap on the arm.
If you were sitting across from me having coffee, I’d use some humor that doesn’t work in writing. You know, things I’d never ever do in real life, but in my imagination I’d stick a note on the woman’s back who was rude to a customer, saying “Watch Out! I’m Rude.”
Or I’d imagine throwing water balloons at a car that cut me off. Or maybe even use washable paintball guns – you get the picture. I could go on and on with unkind responses.
However, I don’t do these things.
I am a kinder woman only because the Holy Spirit dwells in my soul.
He is my Kindness Factor.
Because I’m completely sold out to Jesus, because I’m constantly aware the Holy Spirit resides in and around me, and because I want to obey God, I work on showing kindness daily.
I have several favorite verses that remind me to show kindness, and I’ll share a couple with you:
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
I believe if we are to live joyfully, we need to wear love and kindness like an invisible cloak. A cloak that keeps us focused on others, showing love, kindness, and living in a way that will make God smile.
“To be kind is more important than to be right. Many times what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks, but a special heart that listens.”
Let’s love. Let’s listen. Let’s be kind.
You can read about how a dash cover encouraged my daughter Elizabeth in another article on kindness that I wrote for JoyfulTimesToday.
And learn how the Holy Spirit took control in the life of Lisa Jander, another JoyfulTimesToday writer, in this article.