Christmas is a Perfect Time to Embody Kindness
Your kindness will reward you, but your cruelty will destroy you (Proverbs 11:17)
I needed to go to the Customer Service desk in a local department store. As the customer service representative processed my return, we exchanged pleasantries. Asking her how she was feeling, how her day was going, etc. She shared how an irate customer the previous day had behaved badly, swearing, calling her out of her name. I could tell by her conversation she is one of God’s special people who believes in the virtue of kindness and must have conducted herself in a manner that would have been pleasing to God. Not everyone—Christian or not—would have been able to maintain a kind attitude in the presence of verbal berating as she had experienced.
During Christmas many feel pressured and stressed, behave badly, and lose control over the slightest inconvenience. It’s easy to see how many could be tempted to take out their frustrations on others and be unkind, but not even stress gives us the right to do be unkind or rude.
Kindness is defined as, “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Some words that describe or can be associated with kindness are tenderness, humanness, thoughtfulness, to be tenderhearted, and benevolent. No wonder kindness is listed as one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit that Paul writes about in Galatians 5. Kindness is attractive, godly, and certainly a quality to strive for and pray to have.
Just as Christmas is a tempting time to behave badly, it’s also a perfect time to act kindly towards others and reflect upon the simple virtue of kindness. The Spirit of God calls us to put away rudeness, being brusque, and unpleasant and make a difference for good and light. A simple kindness can help others sense Jesus in their midst and circumstances. As we dress for our day, just like we put on the full armor of God, we might also put on the garment of kindness, remembering God needs more kind, thoughtful, benevolent people walking this earth if only to counteract those who are unkind.
Jesus, you practiced kindness everywhere you went and when we are kind we become like you. Help me remember as a child of God I am to be kind to others. Kindness is not an option but a godly quality. Amen
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you (Ephesians 4:32)