“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” – Colossians 3:12
In a world driven by haste, competition, and self-interest, kindness has become an uncommon virtue. It often seems as if we live in an age where harsh words and indifference are the norm. Yet, as followers of Christ, we are called to stand out from the culture around us and embody the very essence of Jesus Christ Himself. One powerful way to do so is through the practice of kindness.
Colossians 3:12 reminds us of our calling as God’s chosen people. It instructs us to “clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Among these virtues, kindness stands out, serving as a beacon of light in a darkened world.
Kindness is a compelling force that can bridge divides and heal wounds. When we extend kindness to others, we reflect the love of Christ in tangible ways. In a culture where cynicism and negativity often prevail, our acts of kindness are like rays of sunshine piercing through the clouds.
Think of the impact of a kind word, a thoughtful gesture, or a helping hand has on you. These small acts can bring comfort to the hurting, hope to the despairing, and warmth to the lonely. In a society that values personal gain, selflessness and kindness become revolutionary.
To be different is to be like Christ. Jesus, our Savior, was the embodiment of kindness. He reached out to the marginalized, healed the sick, and forgave the repentant. His kindness was not limited to words but was evident in His actions. People saw Jesus through His kindness.
As we navigate a world that often prioritizes individualism, let us choose a different path—the path of kindness. Let us intentionally seek opportunities to show kindness to those around us, regardless of their backgrounds or beliefs. By doing so, we extend an invitation for others to encounter the love of Christ.
Kindness is not weakness; it is a profound expression of strength and love. It requires courage to be kind in a world that often rewards indifference. However, when we choose kindness, we mirror the heart of our Savior, who continues to transform lives through His enduring love.
Be uncommon in your kindness, allowing the love of Christ to flow through you to a world in need. Through your kindness, others will see Jesus, and hearts will be drawn closer to Him.