Blooming • Kindness
Max Sinclair | Children’s Director
Whenever I read Galatians, and I get to the portion where Paul lists off the Fruit of the Spirit, I always read through and think of the individual attributes of the fruit. One of them that I honestly have a hard time grasping is kindness. I was raised in a good home and full of love and the love of Christ, but one thing that my mother would always say is that we need to be kind. Of all the traits, she focused on kindness. It must be important. However, to this date, I struggle with the idea of what kindness truly is.
As I read in the Bible, for instances of kindness, it drips off the pages. One example in the Old Testament is the story of Mephibosheth. He was Saul’s grandson. Saul, who was trying to kill David, died. Instead of taking revenge, David receives Mephibosheth at his table. He shows amazing kindness. Obviously, the greatest example of kindness was shown when Jesus died on the cross for our sin.
Instead of elaborating on a story and trying to gain knowledge from it, or read a large passage of Scripture to try to aid me in this topic, I will just give you the words of Christ from Luke chapter 6:34-36, “And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. 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 is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”
This Scripture is quite poignant in the fact that Jesus tells us that we are to be kind to all, from sinners to our enemies. So now the question is, how does this apply to the family? Too often, we are kind all day and stop when we get home. We should be kind to strangers, but the fact remains, we need to be kind to our families. I am not a parent, so the only thing I can say about parenting is from a child’s point of view, but kindness should not be absent from it. When dealing with a problem remember to be kind, but at the same time, one needs to maintain integrity and firmness. Kindness is very important; it shows the love not only we have for our children, but the love that Christ showed to us.