Every-time I was thinking of writing about kindness one particular incident from the Bible always hit me. However I was not sure if that’s the right incident that can inspire me to be more kind. Before I get to the incident I wanted to know what the bible says about it and what does the word kindness in itself mean. And not to my surprise, they both work in tandem!
The best verse I found in the Bible to help me understand the essence of kindness is – “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you”. And Wikipedia defines Kindness as “a behavior marked by ethical and virtue characteristics, pleasant disposition, and concern for others”
The primary focus of being KIND is to have a “concern for others“. And in today’s world, we see lot of kind people with a concern for others. I see many people in the church doing a lot in terms of church mission activities which includes feeding the poor, visiting orphanages, old age homes, homes for the destitute, providing for the needs of the downtrodden etc.. However, many times such things involve an element of self delusion and this is something every Christian must be warned of. We do a lot of kind acts to receive honor and praise and be applauded by men.
And Jesus uses the appropriate words to warn us of this attitude in the following passage
Matthew 6: 1-4 “
Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you!
Okay! Now let me get back to the incident from the Bible I’m being prompted for understanding the act of “Kindness”. Remember Jesus hanging on the cross and seeing his clothes being shared among the soldiers and being mocked??? That grievous moment in life after carrying the heavy cross all the way to Golgotha, after being stripped, whipped and wounded. He’s bleeding and his suffering body is hung to that cross with just a few nails. Gosh!! that sight must have been terrific, I wonder how Jesus Mother would have felt? Even as I write this my heart aches to know how our dear Lord suffered to fulfill God’s will in his Life!
Battling with his life, Jesus cries out with pain the first statement on the cross – Father forgive them for they do not know what they do. Can you beat him on kindness??? Man, he is dying and he is concerned for a few soldier souls!!
I’m not sure how many of us are truly concerned about dying souls.. Well, the act of kindness driven by the desire to save their souls is the ultimate need of today. That also brings us to another fact that the act of kindness is not just for the undeserving, the poor, the destitute, the widows etc… Everyone around needs KINDNESS, they may be hurt, sinful, or in deep mess.
Today, If I have to be KIND to someone its not because I’m good but because I want them to see Jesus through me, experience his love and be forgiven and SAVED!! And this is the attitude that will help us to serve everyone round us with KINDNESS and thereby we can fulfill God’s will. Isnt that what God wants – that all men be saved and none perish??
Be Kind, Compassionate and Forgiving!!