And be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving each other, just as God also in Christ forgave you.
Kindness and consideration are considered gifts from God. It is through training as children that we learn to be kind and to think of others. Our parents are the first ones to teach us how to share, how to be polite, and how to be considerate. However as we grow older, many, including myself, lose the touch of kindness.
Exposure to rudeness, unfair situations, and teasing can cause one to shrink from showing kindness. Many parts of society emphasize getting ahead and looking out for yourself first in order to succeed. Competitive sports, high stakes testing, and merit-based employment all push people to be less considerate of others and focused squarely on oneself. But this is not the Biblical way to find favor.
God’s commandments, His truth, and His kindness in us are what gives us favor with man and God. It will give us long peaceful lives. It will help us to gain understanding both of the things of God and the things of man. It will help us accept that someone can lie and cheat to get a better score or get ahead in this life, but will live with the guilt or lack of true knowledge needed for success. It will help us to see how fortunate we are and how we can help those unfortunate around us.
Lastly, being kind and mindful of God’s commandments will help us be happy. By sharing and helping others, we are helped as well.
Pray: God, please help me to remember Your commandments and to be kind to others today. Give me the peace and wisdom to do so. I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.