Kindness is trending. What would the world look like if it was obvious, we are not walking on our own accord or ability? We do "kindness" when we can share it across social media platforms. We wear shirts that let everyone know we believe in kindness. Kindness is forgoing our schedule to do for someone else. Do we walk in the same kindness that our Father extends to us?
We need to understand the world's definition of kindness. Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. This sounds easy enough. It is easy to be kind to those who "fit" into our understanding of acceptable. It's when we are faced with giving to one(s) that we may feel undeserving, getting nothing in return, no thank you note or text, no acknowledgment at all, that we begin to understand kindness through sacrificial giving.
We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. (2 Corinthians 8:1-5)
You don't need wealth to be kind.
God's amazing grace-giving. He calls us to be willing. Willingness grows joy, joy delivers love, and love is woven with kindness according to the Father in Heaven's directive. We find Jesus speaking the love of kindness by spending time with untouchables. He healed, showed compassion, included, and offered Salvation. When we follow His example of how to walk the walk we quickly understand the magnitude of the gift of kindness as God teaches.
(Ephesians 1:6-8) ...to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.
God is certainly kind to us. He came to earth to show us love and how to love fully. Kindness may be trending in the world today, but living out kindness as Jesus taught is way bigger and better than anything the world can give.
Kindness is walking in faith with our hands extended to meet needs. I wonder what our daily tapestry of kindness looks like to God?