I cannot stress enough, the importance of being kind. The word of God is clear about being kind as a Christian; but not just to those who are kind to us. We should be kind to those who are unkind also. The way we act in the grocery store line (when the clerk is taking forever), in traffic, at work and of course at home.
Our attitude and actions are a reflection of what’s really in our heart.
Proverbs 3:3 (NLT) Never let loyalty and kindness leave you. Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.
You REALLY have to put forth an effort to be kind to someone who is deliberately unkind to you. Our mind would tell us to treat them the way they have treated us, but that is not what Jesus says. Especially with the use of social media, people feel their personal opinions of you are valid because their page is their personal property. Here is a thought: How can you have a “personal” opinion of someone when you do not know them “personally”?
Here’s a rule of thumb: If you can’t find a genuinely kind reply, just don’t respond. That person may think you’re crazy. They may even ask if you hear them speaking or say something else just to get a reaction from you. I’m learning that I don’t owe a response, especially if it will make me jump out of character (the character of God, that is). We do not owe anyone anything but love.
Romans 13:8 (NKJV) Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
As Christians, we should strive to be an example of Jesus Christ, everywhere we are.
- Smile and greet everyone you meet today (even if they don’t reply).
- Provide a word of encouragement, rather than criticism.
- Practice being kind to yourself.
- Think of how you feel when others are kind to you and be that person to someone else.
- Don’t allow someone else’s problem to become your problem.
The real test of your character is how you treat the people who you don’t have to be nice to.
Romans 12:20-21 (NLT) Instead, If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.” Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.