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Micah 6:8, Ephesians 4:31-32, Colossians 3:12
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Kindness is one of those things that I personally tend to look over. Anyone can be kind, right? I'm nice. But when I really looked into the word "kind" I found that it is so much more than I realized.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines kindness as "the quality or state of being kind." This is quite vague and unhelpful if you don't actually know what "kind" means. I looked it up and was astonished at the many meanings the word "kind" has. I'll list a few: "generous," "of a friendly nature," "hospitable," "warm-hearted," "good," "charitable," "helpful," "tolerant," "showing sympathy or understanding," "humane (meaning kind to animals)," "considerate," "courteous," "thoughtful," etc. I think you guys get the point.
Now that you know what being kind is supposed to look like, let's look at the verses we just read. They all tell us the same thing. If we are children of God, we are required to be kind and to love kindness.
Kindness is a fruit of the spirit, which means that when we show it, we are showing Jesus to others. This also means that when we are not, we are sinning! I've noticed that kindness is the fruit that non-believers tend to notice the most. When someone is kind, everyone recognizes it.
Cinderella was kind to her stepmother and stepsisters. They knew she was kind; they made fun of her for it. But in the end, they realized that she was the better person. She rose above all of their nagging, bossiness, and general tearing-down behavior and simply served them with kindness.
I encourage you to be a Cinderella in this world of evil stepmothers and ugly stepsisters!
"Treat others the same way you want them to treat you."
Hi, I'm Jenny! I'm just a 22-year-old girl who loves Disney, writing, creativity, coffee, kids' ministry, the color pink, and my best friend, Jesus Christ, above all. ♡
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