“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering”
The second line of clothing which God wants us to don is “kindness.”
Is kindness letting the whole human race run over you, one at a time or by the dozens? No, kindness is generosity, goodness. It is a relaxed attitude when someone says something unkind about us in our presence or behind our back.
Do we become bitter, angry, upset, vindictive, implacable, or hostile when someone says something bad about us? If we have these attitude sins in our minds, we cannot execute kindness. Kindness is a relaxed mental attitude. Kindness does not mind other people’s business but stays loose and relaxed and does not hate anyone, seek retaliation, or use revenge tactics.
Kindness is a disposition of courtesy. God does not want to soften our minds but make them tender towards others. Are we considerate of other people who suffer? Do we enthusiastically lift up someone who has fallen low?
Kindness is also practical helpfulness. It is not the person who is overtly sweet. These people may think horrible things about others but they are “sweet!” They may think in terms of bitterness and jealousy and hatred but they imbue sweetness and are kind outwardly.
Kindness manifests compassion. This is action that comes out of empathy. It may take the form of a kind word, an invitation to lunch, an offer to help.
“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another” (Rom. 12:10).
“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you” (Eph. 5:32).
We seldom think of God as kind. We normally think of him as love, justice, and truth.
“But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared” (Titus 3:4).
Kindness is the manifestation of compassion.
We may be righteous, but we may not be kind, gracious, or sympathetic. We might not do things wrong, but we may be rigid and not compassionate. Are you kindly disposed toward other believers?