What is kindness? Here’s Webster’s definition for kindness, KIND: of a sympathetic or helpful nature; of a forbearing nature : GENTLE; Spirit produced goodness; Refers to meeting real needs.

Jesus showed kindness on that cross. A need of ours was eternally met. In this season, I’ve been growing in kindness. To be kind to your family, children, husband, is a daily decision. It is a constant selfless decision. Meet the real needs around you. Jesus loves us, that He told us, but not only did He tell us that but He also showed us that, by His acts of kindness.

I can say I love my toddler as much as I can, but my love is really shown in the way I treat him. I knew that loving others the way Christ did would become a greater challenge when I got married, and it did. But I didn’t realize how much more I would be challenged when I had a child. Now I’m being stretched to truly love my son in kindness. The power to do this can only be found in Christ. Why? Because He is the only one that actually had done it. The true example. 

Ephesians 4:32 [ESV] — “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

The Hebrew translation for “kindness” in the Bible is “chesed”, specifically when it refers to God’s love for His people Israel. This takes me to look deeper into how God loves the people of Israel. God was a tender, loving father who adopted Israel to be His son and entered into a covenant relationship with the nation. His choice of Israel was an act of pure, sovereign grace, not due to the nation deserving it. WOW!

Our nature easily can treat the one who treats us bad, worse. Curse the one who curses our name. When tough and confrontational situations arise, we forget about our true example. We forget about God’s unconditional love. My motto has been, “do everything with love”, even when tired, even when frustrated. Even when my son is screaming in my ear for something. Don’t ask me what, he is 1 and doesn’t talk yet. Haha! But even then I need to remember, treat him with kindness. Maybe for some it goes easier but it hasn’t been for me. 

If it’s not easy for you to continuously treat others with an unconditional kindness, I want to encourage you today to find your strength in God, our Father, our greatest example of true loving-kindness.

Luke 6:35 [ESV] — “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great.”

Expect. Nothing. In. Return. 

Suail Fabros-Neman

Marketing Coordinator & Work-from-home-mom
Instagram: @ssuail
Lives in: USA

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