Radical Kindness

This post is part of my series for Write 31 Days (writing on a prompt every day during the month of October). I may not be posting on the blog every day, but you can find an index page where all the posts in the series will be added here. The prompt today is “kind.”

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”

I don’t know who originally wrote these words, but I do know that they went viral in early 2020 after the suicide of TV presenter Caroline Flack as she had shared the quote on Instagram shortly before her death. Many felt that had she been shown more kindness her death might have been prevented, and they resolved to show kindness to others to honour her memory.

Of course, shortly after that, the pandemic hit, and in many cases kindness was forgotten as people wrestled over toilet roll and panic-bought pasta!

I think we’d all agree that kindness is a good thing, and that we’d like to follow the words of the quote. Kindness is powerful, and it does make a difference. Those times when we’ve experienced kindness stick with us and have a impact.

But maybe that’s because, sadly, kindness is all too rare. We want to be kind, but we find it hard.

The Bible talks about kindness as a fruit of the Spirit, and maybe that’s the key. We can work up a certain degree of kindness by ourselves, but to truly show kindness, we need God’s power.

The kindness he calls us to is a radical one which goes far beyond the world’s idea of kindness.

“If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.

Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.” (Luke 6:32-36 NLT)

It’s easy to be kind to those who are kind to us – anyone can do that! The test comes when we’re called to be kind to those who have been unkind to us, and that’s something we can only achieve in God’s strength.

But what a difference it would make if we could take Jesus’ words seriously and act in a way that demonstrates God’s radical kindness to those around us!

also linking with Inspire Me Monday

4 thoughts on “Radical Kindness

  1. Leslie, your post and thoughts brought to mind Micah 6:8 where we are instructed to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God” (NASB). We are to love kindness. I am not sure I ever focused on those words. Embrace kindness with a fierce and loyal love, being kind no matter what the other person does. We are to love kindness – and I so agree, if we loved in this manner, it would make a world of difference.

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