• Jack Selcher

Kindness at Home


My father once went out to dinner with a friend. When they finished eating, he went to pay the bill and discovered a stranger already had taken care of it. Such gracious demonstrations get our attention because we are often not kind to others, especially our own family members. We frequently shift out of kindness gear when we walk in our front door. Those studying the basics of social distancing during a pandemic could learn a lot from a couple that has been married more than seven years!


Stress often brings unkindness to the surface. When life’s pressures squeeze us like a tube of toothpaste, our frustrations surface, and we lash out at others. When we are unkind, we are forgetting God’s kindness to us. “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy” (Titus 3:4-5, NIV). Dressing ourselves with a superior attitude is never appropriate when we are dispensing kindness. Only the garment of humility perfectly fits those pock-marked with failures.

The New Testament word for kindness describes gentleness, goodness, uprightness, generosity, and graciousness. It is an attribute of God (Titus 3:4) and a characteristic of true love (1 Corinthians 13:4). Like love, kindness is not based on the worthiness of the object but the character of the giver.


God’s kindness should spur us on to be kind to others, especially other believers. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32, NIV). God’s purpose is that rivers of kindness will flow from us fed by the inexhaustible aquifers of His kindness to us. The Holy Spirit empowers the whole venture (Galatians 5:22). It is far better to be a sparkling mountain stream of kindness as a way of life than a dripping faucet that we turn off or on at will! Christianity that works, works at home! #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources #kindness


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