Choose to be kind

How many weddings have you attended? It’s likely that a third of them incorporated some of the verses of 1 Corinthians chapter 13 in some way—you know, the famous “Love Chapter” of the Bible. It is the perfect wedding Scripture because it provides a beautiful and clear picture of what a happy home looks like. “Love is kind,” says St. Paul (1 Corinthians 13:4). It sure is. The real question: are you kind? Kindness is learned behavior; it doesn’t come naturally. It is a mind-set that has to be chosen. Kindness means that you treat people better than they deserve to be treated.

Our fuel for this impossible task is our awareness of the kindness with which our Lord Jesus has treated us. He has lifted from your shoulders forever the impossible task of earning his approval. He gives it freely and pours more blessings on your head than you know what to do with. He invites you, challenges you, commands you to show that same kindness to the fools and sinners who surround you each day.

Go ahead—shock people with kindness. In a dog-eat-dog world you will stand out like a shining beacon. Pick up someone else’s mess. Do little acts of service that only God will see. Take an elderly person to the doctor. Buy flowers for someone recently divorced. Send a card to a sad person “just because.

Don’t wait till you feel it. Go first.

Pastor Mark Jeske brought the good news of Jesus Christ to viewers of Time of Grace for 18 years. He is currently the senior pastor at St. Marcus Church, a thriving multicultural congregation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mark is the author of several books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics. He and his wife, Carol, have four adult children.

 

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