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The World Needs More Kindness

We live in a wicked world that is desperate for kindness. Often times I see signs that say “Choose Kindness,” “Be Kind” or “Give Kindness a Try.” As a Christian, it should be in our spiritual DNA. Galatians 5:22–23 reminds us that kindness is a fruit of the spirit. We must learn that kindness has numerous benefits. What are those benefits?

1. Kindness Has a Positive Impact. Kindness creates a positive ripple effect. Showing kindness can improve the well-being of individuals. It helps with fostering a more positive environment. Colossians 3:12 says, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

2. Kindness Boosts Our Mental Well-Being. Recently I read that acts of kindness release endorphins. It promotes a sense of happiness and reduces stress for both the giver and the recipient. Ephesians 2:6-7 says, “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” He shows us kindness so that we can show kindness to others.

3. Kindness Strengthens Relationships. Kindness enhances our social connections, builds trust and stronger relationships. Imagine if we showed more kindness to our friends, family, and colleagues. I Peter 4:8 says, “Above all, love each other deeply.” Paul said, in Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” This proves that our relationship with God only strengthens our relationships with others (Matthew 7:12).

4. Kindness Contributes to a Better World. Our lives influence our family, our family influences our community, our community influences our society, and society influences the world. A kinder world is a more harmonious one, where individuals support each other, leading to improved community dynamics. After facing shipwreck doctor Luke wrote, “The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold (Acts 28:2).” Kindness is loved by all people. Let’s lead the way by letting the kindness of God shine in us.

5. Kindness is Evidence of Personal Growth. Practicing kindness cultivates empathy, compassion, and patience (II Corinthians 6:6). This contributes to personal growth and a more fulfilling life. Paul identified kindness as one of the attributes of love (I Corinthians 13:4) that should be evident in the life of a Christian. It helps us to become more spiritually mature.

With growing fears and anxieties, everyone could just a kind word or gesture. God calls us to be the light in the world (Matthew 5:16). We are supposed to love all (and be kind to all). Oh, yes, even our enemies! Read your Bible. Let God speak to your heart about the importance of kindness. And show kindness to the world. Have a great week!!!

You are loved.

Dr. Ray Reynolds

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