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The Power of Kindness

March 3, 2010

 

  • Truth with Kindness

Proverbs 3:3  Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. 

Truth together with kindness is a powerful combination.   Recent situations in my life have pressed in on me and exposed my need to combine these two qualities.  The Bible tells how powerful truth is… “Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.”   “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”  However, truth isn’t as powerful if it is not balanced with kindness. 

Jesus was a perfect example of  balancing truth with kindness.  As a fruit of the Holy Spirit, kindness doesn’t always come so naturally to us.  The good news is, the same Holy Spirit of God that lived inside of Jesus, lives inside of us today.   This gives me great hope.  God has set the standard pretty high, even though we may not have the ability to achieve that standard with our own strength, God equips and gives us everything we need to meet the mark.

Together with the Holy Spirit we can live and speak truth with kindness. 

  • Instruct with Kindness

Proverbs 31:26  She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

Mothers raising their children understand how powerfully true this verse is.  Teaching and instructing are a huge part of a mom’s job description.  I remember the early years when my children were little, I felt like all day long I was instructing.  Teaching right and wrong, teaching manners, how to tie shoe laces, how to wash hands and brush teeth… and then for a season I homeschooled so I was teaching Reading, Writing, Math… all day long teaching.  During those years I learned that kindness is just as important as teaching.  I also learned that my instruction was not well received without kindness.  

Whether we are raising children, working , going to school, in ministry or doing what ever else  is that we do; we all have a sphere of influence.  We are all leaders in some way to someone.  When we find ourselves in that position, God reminds us in this verse to balance our instruction with kindness.   

A teacher is not considered a wise teacher unless the lessons taught are seasoned with kindness.

  • Justice with Kindness

Zechariah 7:9  “Thus has the LORD of hosts said, Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother

Micah 6:8  He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?

Justice – upholding what is just or right and fair treatment.

Have you ever noticed something unfair and felt compelled to do something about it?   Ever watched someone you love or a dear friend making bad choices and felt the need to talk to them about it?   Me too.  God has some advice for us when we feel that way… always balance justice with kindness.  

A good check for our attitude before we confront these situations is to ask ourselves, “What is my motive?”   “Am I really concerned for the person or am I being judgmental and critical?”  “Am I willing to still love this person and be there for them, even if they don’t respond the way I would like?”   If our heart is in the right place and we can bring kindness into to situation together with justice then we are ready to act… but not before.  

God is just and righteous, however He is equally merciful and kind.  It is the balance that brings true justice.

  • Kindness to the unkind

Luke 6:35  “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.

Sometimes it is so easy to be kind.  If our kindness is returned or received with gratitude it is easy to extend it over and over.  It’s not so easy to keep being kind to someone who is unkind in return.   Kindness in these situations is truly a miracle-working kindness.  We know a God so powerful that His Spirit within us can actually give us the grace to continue extending ourselves in kindness even in the most difficult circumstances.  None of us like to feel used and mistreated. God can give us a deeper love to help us gain an eternal perspective rather than only temporal. 

God’s kindness, even to the unkind is an eternal kindness.

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