Early last week I was at the mall doing some Christmas shopping as I sat down for a minute to wait while my Mom finished with an appointment I felt God remind to be kind this season. I was watching so many people rushing around, the stores stocked full of extra employees, & all the different sales screaming at me to come buy things. It’s so easy during this season to get caught up in getting the perfect gift, or trying to get the best deal that we forget what the true meaning of this season is & to take a minute to slow down & show kindness. That rude retail employee, show her kindness, that person that cut in front of you while in line, show them kindness, the mother’s with little children who are crying & being rambunctious, show them kindness. You never know what people are going through during this season, even though it’s a great time of year and most people seem to be happy you don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes in someone’s life. For Christians this season represents the birth of the Saviour, it’s a message of hope. You never know how sharing a simple smile, patience in a store, or a soft answer could touch somebody. Let’s give the gift of kindness to everyone we meet this season. I’ve always been told that sometimes you will be the only Bible someone reads, meaning the way we live our lives as Christians can influence people. We are to be examples in everything we do & live a life worthy of the Gospel. So when you’re out shopping & you’re frustrated remember how kindness can change everything. Let’s share the hope of Jesus this season in a simple way.
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.