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Christian Living: Being Kind to Others

It is important to be kind to everyone. We are commanded to be kind to others (Ephesians 4:32), and be an example of Christ. Jesus set the example for how we should live our lives. When Jesus walked the Earth he taught people to obey God’s commandments and we are to do the same through our actions. All Christians make up the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:16). Everyone has a job to do, so our Father in Heaven is pleased. We are to act as Jesus did. Was he kind to others? Was he kind when teaching others how to live righteously? That is how we are to act and live daily.

Kindness is a virtue that every Christian should have (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, Colossians 3:12, Galatians 5:22-23). Jesus tells us about being kind in The Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37 (read our Bible Study on this passage by clicking here). Throughout Jesus’s life on Earth he displayed kindness and compassion constantly. He displayed kindness in an incomparable way in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

Do not let your anger for other’s lack of kindness deter you from demonstrating kindness yourself. Look to the example Christ set for us. Many were unkind to him, but was he ever unkind? That is how we are to act, setting the example for others (1 Timothy 4:12). If we do this we will receive God’s blessings. There are many verses in the Bible that tell us the benefit of kindness:

PROVERBS 11:17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

LUKE 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

HEBREWS 13:1-2 Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Of course the greatest motivation to demonstrate kindness is not to receive the benefits but to please our Father for it is a command from God to be kind:

JOHN 13:34-35 34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

LUKE 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

1 PETER 2:15-16 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

MICAH 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

2 CORINTHIANS 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

Jesus demonstrated kindness throughout his time on Earth. He displayed kindness by healing the blind, lame, mute, sick, possessed and by resurrecting the dead. (All of these miracles are documented in our Bible Study Q: Did Jesus really do miracles?) He also showed kindness when interacting with those who were deemed “unacceptable” to socialize with (e.g. sinners and tax collectors). Others avoided them and Christ dined with them. Jesus showed kindess to those who belived in him, for example the Canaanite woman who asked him to heal her daughter who was possessed by a demon. (You can read more about The Faith of the Canaanite Woman by clicking here.) Jesus’s kindness and compassion is well documented all throughout the Bible. As CHRISTians, followers of Christ, our actions should reflect the actions of our Savior.

You should always do your best to display the kindness of Christ in your everyday activites, even when it is difficult to do. By being kind to others, even non-Christians, you can spread God’s Word through your Christ-like actions. (For more information on how you can live like Jesus, read Christian Living: How to live like Jesus.) Remember that actions do speak louder than words. One of the best way to witness for Christ is to be kind and positive, even in stressful situations. This will demonstrate to non-Christians that God is with you. (For more information on how you can be happy at difficult times, read our Bible Study Christian Living: Happiness.) Being kind to others for many reasons. Not only can being kind to others help you recieve God’s blessings, God commands us to be kind, and it is an excellent witnessing tool.

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