Kindness is often a simple matter, but has so many profound consequences. It reaches into the cracks and crevices of life’s most difficult circumstances. We never know when our Christian influence will extend far beyond our expectation. Most times it happens when we are kind. In the common courtesies of life, we lay the ground work for whatever witness we may offer for Christ. The influence which Jesus has upon our lives is expressed more by our kind and gentle ways than any other aspect of our faith. The love of God can never be promoted in a hateful way. All our loud and prolific pronouncements of Christianity are for naught if there is an absence of kindness.
Kindness is a product of who we are. It belongs to our personality. It rises from our Christian temperament and is essential to every area of our Christian life style. Without kindness our commitment is nothing but an ambitious routine. Without kindness our talents are hidden in a maze of self glory. Without kindness our testimony is lost in rudeness and ill manners. Kindness is the key to our most tender moments of prayer and worship. Church is a fellowship of love where kindness is evident.
The Bible is clear in its pronouncement to be kind to one another. A basic respect for others is at the heart of the Christian doctrine of man. Here then is our requirement to be kind, tenderhearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ has forgiven us. Therefore, let kindness prevail in our lives so that our influence will be healthy and our witness consistent with the kindness of our heavenly Father. May our ways be mannerly because our thoughts are Godly.