Sometimes we think that real spirituality is some spectacular gift, like preaching great sermons or praying loud prayers. But more often the mark of true spirituality is simple and ordinary, like kindness.
Kindness goes far beyond being nice or polite. Kindness is proactive, courageous, expansive and impactful. Kindness is what happens when love decides to do something.
If kindness is so powerful then we need to know how to express it better and more often. Here are five ways to become kinder.
Accept people just the way they are – It’s easy to judge people and draw attention to our differences, but that is the opposite of kindness. Kindness starts with acceptance. People feel the impact of kindness when they are accepted just the way they are.
Embrace peoples’ true value – Kindness is the byproduct of knowing the immeasurable worth of an individual. When we remember that Jesus paid the ultimate price to redeem every single one of us, we appreciate the value of a human life.
Become aware – Don’t be so wrapped up in your own life that you can’t recognize the needs around you. Kindness sees the need and responds. Kindness is fueled by empathy for those around you.
Step out of your comfort zone – Kindness is like a muscle, the more you use it, the more it develops. It may feel awkward at first but it will become more natural. Start small and grow.
Ask God for help – Life is hard and we can live overwhelmed with the circumstances of our own lives. Ask God for help. Kindness is one of the fruits of the spirit. Invite the Spirit to cultivate kindness in your daily life.
God has been so very kind to us.
Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? Romans 2:4 NLT
Kindness has the power to change us, to lead us to repent and turn away from sin. If God uses kindness, we should too! Try a little kindness today.