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 also be kind to those who are unkind.
This type of behavior is an active and live demonstration of operating in the fruit of the Spirit- but oh God- if we are truly being transparent, it takes everything to hold your flesh back from giving someone a piece of mind. Especially when they are a jerk for no apparent reason.
The way we conduct ourselves 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.
“Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.” Proverbs 3:3 NLT
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. 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. If that’s the case, simply state: “I’ll get back with you. It’s best that I don’t respond right now.”
You don’t owe a response, especially if it will make you 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 and in everything we do.
- 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.
Remember that we me must always strive to sow seeds of righteousness. What you sew will produce either a bountiful harvest to the spirit or dried up withered and spoiled fruit to your flesh. You choose. You decide. It’s okay to be kind.
“For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:8-10 NKJV