The Beauty of Kindness

May 2017: A Word From Dr. Stanley

Our culture is obsessed with external beauty, but as hard as we may try to improve our outward appearance, we all eventually experience the effects of aging. Far more important is inner character, which lasts into eternity. And one of the most attractive inward qualities is kindness.

People characterized by kindness are considerate, loving, tenderhearted, helpful, and gentle. Those on the other end of the spectrum are quick-tempered, bitter, crude, and demanding. Basically, the difference has to do with whether one’s focus is on self or others.

Authentic kindness does not depend on how others treat us.

God is characterized by kindness, even to ungrateful and evil men (Luke 6:35). As Christians, you and I should also “put on” this attractive quality (Col. 3:12). We have the Holy Spirit within, and kindness is His fruit displayed in our words and actions. Authentic kindness does not depend on how others treat us, nor is it a manipulation to get what we want.

Kindness is a selfless quality that always considers what’s best for others whether they deserve it or not. However, some people think that not standing up for themselves and their rights is a sign of weakness. But which takes more strength—to be kind when mistreated or to lash out?

One purpose of God’s kindness is to lead people to repentance (Rom. 2:4). When we display this quality, He can use us to draw others to Himself. I pray this month’s devotions will encourage you to show kindness in all situations.

 

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35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.

12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;

4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?

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