Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.(Ephesians 4:32 ESV)
It feels good to start writing again after 2 months!! I have been spending time praying, thinking, observing and working upon this post since the last post. Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,,, It is often hilarious and also painful to watch Christians who claim to believe in and follow Jesus and the bible talking and acting rude to people around them and even with other fellow believers without even a hint of kindness. It is one thing to put on a sweetheart’s mask when in church or when with believers, but it’s quite an other thing to become a person who by nature is kind, tenderhearted and gentle in talk and behavior.
It’s in my blood!
I have heard people say: it’s in my blood, brother! I just cant take things coolly! I am always hot! Etc, etc!! Jesus said, That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (John 3:6) If you are a born again Christian you cannot give that reason! Cause, now it’s the life and blood of Jesus that’s working in your body. Jesus was a person so kind and sweet that the children loved to hang out with him, the worst sinners in town found comfort being with him, so did the cruel roman soldier who crucified him also testify about him. It was always the hypocrites and the religious nuts who were the focal point of Jesus’ anger.
Forgiveness is the Key!
One of the key thing in being kind hearted is the aspect of forgiveness. In this life of ours, we will of course run into one another, rub against one another, offend one another in small or big things. It might be a person you know or whom you don’t know at all who has hurt you. It is easier to forgive someone whom you don’t know than to forgive someone who means so much to you. The standard of forgiveness mentioned in Eph 4:32 is God forgiving us of our sins! You and I know it deep within that we don’t deserve this kindness from God. But he did forgive us. That’s exactly what God expects us to do with people who rub against us! The standard of forgiveness is not to the extent of your patience or till he or she “gets to your nerves”. Its as God in Christ forgave you.
Words are important, so guard your heart!
The saying goes this way, Actions speaks louder than words. Its true, but at the same time a kind word spoken can be heal faster than the best medicines available.(Prov 15:4) When it comes to an act of kindness, I believe gentle and loving words can speak louder than the kindest of the actions! Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.(Eph 4:29) Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. If you and I by the power of the Holy Spirit constantly guard our hearts from the world’s culture portrayed continually in the newspapers, magazines & movies and keep it pure and undefiled by greed, hatred and lust we will by default become kind Christians. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.(Matt 5:8) Such a person will see God in everyone and serve them as if he is serving God.(Eph 6:7) Remember Matthew 25: 34-46
Jesus said, Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'” (John 7:38) If you believe in Jesus, and trust in him according to his word, out of your heart will flow rivers of sweet and living water which will overflow through your words and actions giving life and taste to every dead person and situation coming your way. Such a person is whom Jesus would have called the salt of the earth, and I would call a Sweet Hearted Christian! I pray that we’ll willingly take up this challenge of becoming like Jesus in every words and actions of ours!