Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. — Colossians 3:12
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Let us look at our scripture and read, Colossians 3:12 says,
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Notice the word clothe. The Greek word literally means “put on.” What Paul is saying here is that when we wake up in the morning, we ought to get dressed spiritually and emotionally as well as physically. When we wake up in the morning and decide what to wear, we should also ask ourselves, “What kind of attitude am I going to wear today?” What will my personality be like to others.
Paul says kindness is a choice. It is something we can choose to “put on” every day. Kindness is “love in action” — a practical expression of love. It is visible and active, not just emotional. There is a song that says, “Find the need and fill it. Find the hurt and heal it.” That is kindness.
But why should we be kind? After all, kindness can be risky. We might be misunderstood if we are kind to others. They might think, “Why is this person being so nice? What’s in it for him?”
People we are kind also, and they might take advantage of us. They might become parasites with the attitude, “Oh, here’s a sucker. I’ll milk him for all he’s worth.”
Despite the risks, we are to be kind for two reasons.
First, we are to be kind because God is kind to us. Ephesians 2:8 says,
Because of His kindness you have been saved through trusting Christ.
Grace and kindness always go together. A good friend told me that the kind heart most resembles God. We should be kind just because God is kind to us.
The second reason we should be kind is that we want people to be kind to us. We want to be treated right. Jesus said, Do to others what you would have them do to you. — Matthew 7:12
If you are rude to other people, they are going to be rude to you. But if you are kind, most people will want to respond the same way. Proverbs 21:21 says, Be kind and honest and you will live a long life; others will respect you and treat you fairly.
In Proverbs 11:17 we read, Your own soul is nourished when you are kind; it is destroyed when you are cruel. So when we are kind, we are really doing ourselves a favour.
So often we excuse ourselves when we are unkind. “That person deserved it.” “She just annoyed me.” “If I’m kind, he will see me giving an inch and he will take a mile.” Today, let’s ask the Lord to point out to us when we’re unkind and how we can respond with the kindness of Jesus instead, and pay attention to what He reveals. It is now in your hands so decide where you go from here. God bless you and have a nice day.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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