Kindness is an underrated virtue.
During the pandemic we have all witnessed the rise of anger, animosity, and hostility within our nation, society, and communities. It feels like so many are on edge (understandable based on what we have been through), and so many have short fuses.
However, in Galatians 5, one of the pathways that the apostle Paul lays out to godliness (aka the fruits of the spirit) is indeed kindness.
Why include kindness amongst these godly virtues? – Because in order to truly possess it, it must be Spirit-produced. It’s a supernatural orientation of the heart that is extended to others, even when they don’t deserve it. Just in case you are wondering, that especially applies to the ‘annoying people’ in your house, family, or friend circle.
This kind of kindness (see what I did there) comes from the very heart of God Himself, who often extends to us underserved love, mercy, generosity, and (all words associated with kindness) especially at times that we don’t deserve it.
Jesus said, we should imitate this type of kindness when we ourselves extend it to others who we feel are underserving, especially our enemies.
The scriptures state it this way “Be kind to kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you”. (Ephesians 4:32)
Though this often times is very arduous and may not feel pleasant, it can prove to be an incredibly powerful experience to allow it to overflow into unexpected directions in our lives.
So the next time someone makes you angry or upsets you, reach into the well of kindness and allow God’s words to direct your mouth and your heart.