Let’s play a game to break the ice. Everyone say your name and say an adjective that starts with the same letter of your name. Everyone ready? I’ll start! I am Joyful Joanne!
^^^Raise your hand if you can relate to that situation. What adjective did you use? Amazing Allison? Beautiful Brittany? Charming Courtney? Sweet Sarah?
Kind Kat is a bit of a misnomer, though. Most days, I am more fluent in sarcasm and judgment than I am in kindness.
God does not ask me to speak words of sarcasm. He commands me to speak words of grace, charity, and kindness.
Ten Verses for When You Are Feeling Kind
Let’s begin with the golden rule of kindness:
1. Luke 6:31
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
It’s the adage you’ve heard since childhood, and it certainly helps with developing kindness. Yet, I think kindness goes beyond day-to-day treatment.
2. Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
At it’s core, kindness is Christ-likeness. We forgive because He forgave. We love because He loves.
3. Philippians 2:1-2
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind
4. 1 Peter 4:8
5. 1 John 4:19
We love because He first loved us
Our kindness flows from a sanctified heart. We can speak words of grace and encouragement because we long to act like Christ.
6. Ephesians 4:29
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
7. Colossians 4:6
As we draw closer to God and experience progressive sanctification, we will become “clothed in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
8. Colossians 3:12-14
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
9. Ephesians 4:2
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Like Christ, we will honor others above ourselves.
10. Romans 12:9-10
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves