As you can see from my previous posts, I am going through “The Love Chapter” of the Bible (as if the Bible itself isn’t entirely about love!) and writing about the specifics of love. Please don’t let this fool you in to thinking that everything you or I need to know about love will be in these posts. I believe that we will be learning what love is and how to love others for the rest of our lives. None of us will know it all this side of Heaven and that is just something we have to get over. We can, however, try to satisfy this thirst for knowledge by studying the Bible. That being said, this post in particular is about how love is kind.
Honestly, this word doesn’t need a lot of explaining. The word kind doesn’t mean something different in the original language than it does in English. There is no dramatic thought process of; I don’t know what kindness is! I think we all know how to be kind to others. We need to think less about the definition of kindness and more about who we show kindness to.
When it comes to being kind to people, we find it much easier to be kind to those who are kind to us. When we find people who are pleasant or nice to be around, we are kind to them. You know who we aren’t kind to? The guy that cuts us off in traffic or the person ahead of us in the 10 items or less checkout lane with 30 items! For me, I still get upset when I recall the person who took my spot, the only available spot, at the gas station. My blinker was on and everything. I think steam may have been coming out of my ears that day.
People can make it hard for us to be kind to them, but when we think about God and who He is kind to, it should change our perspective on how kind we are to others.
As we know, God is love and love is kind. We also know that God does not pick and choose who He loves. Because of this, we know that God is kind to everyone. He doesn’t look at someone and say, yeah sorry, I am not going to be kind to you because of what you’ve done. As humans, we are so incredibly work-based. When someone does something rude, our automatic response is to be rude back because of what they did. But God doesn’t base how He responds to us by what we do. He is loving and kind because of who He is, not because of what we do.
Jesus never let the way people treated Him change the way He responded to them. As people trying to be more like Jesus, our response should be the same.
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:12-14