Love is kind. What is kindness?

According to the dictionary, to be kind is to show sympathy or understanding, to be considerate, to be forbearing, tolerant, agreeable and generous.

We can temporarily be kind when it is easy, but to show sympathy or understanding, to be forbearing and tolerant suggests that kindness happens even when it isn’t easy. How can we be kind when someone else isn’t even being nice?

We have to be hooked into the Source to get this kind of strength. John 15:26 says that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things. Learning to live beyond ourselves is one of the things that we learn along the way. Kindness is not just an act, it is an attitude. One that sees other people as equally important to ourselves. One that understands other people’s lack of ability to cope with the same forgiveness and forbearance that we give ourselves.

1. John 14:12-13 reads like this in the Message:

12The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. 13From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it.

Hope does not disappoint. We don’t have to gain this perspective on our own! Not only will the Holy Spirit teach us as we go, but we can ask Jesus for help and He will give it to us.

Lord, please teach us your perspective on people. Help us to see others the way that You do today. Help us to be forbearing with those who are not handling life well, help us to be generous with those who need a kind word or smile. Help us each to look beyond ourselves to be Your hand extended to the world today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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