Did you know that kindness has side effects? Dr. David Hamilton describes five: Kindness can make us happier. Kindness can be good for the heart. Acts of kindness are many times accompanied by emotional warmth. Kindness also slows aging. And kindness improves relationships. Finally, kindness is contagious. But I especially like the idea that showing kindness slows down the aging process! I know some very kind folk that are advanced in years but I had never thought the two connected!
Today’s verse describes those that belong to the Lord as being holy and set apart. The believer is dearly loved. Knowing this, we are to clothe ourselves with the qualities that He has. The Lord is full of compassion (Ex. 34:6). He is the embodiment of kindness (Is. 63:7). He is humble of heart and gentle (Matt. 11:29). And He is patient (II Peter 3:9). Each of these beautiful qualities can be ours because of Him and His Spirit in us (Gal. 5:22-23). Acts of kindness to family, friends and strangers ought to be second nature to the believer.
Showing kindness takes time and effort. It means putting the needs of someone else ahead of my own and sometimes I am just too selfish and prideful to show kindness. Waving in that driver ahead of me means slowing down. When someone forgot again and puts me out, it can be an effort to be kind. When someone is struggling to balance their load and open a door, kindness lends a helping hand. But what motivates me is more than experiencing these five positive side effects. My deepest desire is that others will see the Source of kindness in me!
Lord, give me opportunities to show kindness today!