Thoughtful Thursday: Kindness

Sunday’s sermon topic, “Kindness” is a word that is used so much and by so many people that I think it has lost its’ true meaning. It’s mostly used in a way to direct our actions to make us look like we care, even if we don’t. But “kindness” doesn’t just mean “be nice.” According to Wikipedia, it “is a type of behavior marked by acts of generosity, consideration, or concern for others, without expecting praise or reward.” In other words, genuine kindness is not earned and is not self-centered.  It is not just outward; it is genuine and from within. Read the selection from Sunday’s verses below to see how the word “kind” is applied.

Ephesians 4:32
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgivng one another, as God in christ has fogiven you.
Luke 6: 35-36
But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Just as God has been mercifully kind to us when we did not deserve it, he requires us to do the same for others, not based on merit, but because of the example he set for us.