As I shared yesterday, I’ve haven’t been able to write about God and kindness. Not that I don’t believe God is kind but it’s not the synonym I would pick for my sovereign God. When I think of leaders, kings, rulers and God I think of strength, of power, of might.
I was reminded this morning of another word that is often misunderstood – MEEK. Yuck…even the word seems sissy. But MEEK is a powerful condition if you understand what it really means…Strength Under Control. Seems to me that Kindness and Meekness are related. They are both Kingdom Behavior and completely misunderstood by the world and even other Christians. Being meek, kind, good, etc is seen as naive, clueless, a wearer of rose colored glasses. Worse…go ahead and call me a doormat because that’s what I’ll feel like.
But let’s take a deeper look at kindness from Timothy Keller:
Chrestotes = kindness, which is an ability to serve others practically in a way which makes me vulnerable, which comes from having a deep inner security.
Deep inner security – I LOVE that! Who do I belong to? Who is my Lord? Why am I expected to exhibit Kingdom behavior? I am a child of God…the world needs Kingdom Behavior. I’m not of this world.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience… Colossians 3:12
Another thing for me to remember…kindness is born of love…agape love which is of God. To be truly kind…supernaturally kind…I need the Holy Spirit. It’s nothing I can do under my own power. Come Holy Spirit.
Let’s go back to the doormat concern. I know you can relate…someone treats you badly. Others aren’t kind to you. Relationships are messy. It’s soooo much easier to react badly than to have compassionate hearts. But this morning, as I gave communion to someone in the depths of grief, I was overwhelmed with compassion for her. And then it was if my eyes were opened, as I continued to hand out more communion, I realized that each person that came up had a whole lifetime of challenges. Many of them were even suffering this morning. Hearts were broken, marriages were struggling, health was failing, children misbehaving, jobs in jeopardy.
I’m still gonna struggle…I know my heart. But it certainly helps to remember that everyone is fighting a battle…I can choose kindness or bitterness. I can choose to live out Kingdom Behavior or serving the world. I can choose to stay united with the Holy Spirit.
Spread kindness – DM
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