Lead With Kindness (Weekend Devotional)

May 11, 2013 | Tags: ,

child's hand with a flower

I led them with cords of human kindness,
    with ties of love.
To them I was like one who lifts
    a little child to the cheek,
    and I bent down to feed them.

-Hosea 11:4 NIV

In a cold, self-centered world, kindness goes a long way. A very long way. I’m convinced one of the biggest obstacles for people who haven’t accepted Christ as their Lord is that they don’t believe they can be loved the way He loves. They don’t think the offer of unconditional forgiveness can possibly be for them. After all, they’ve done nothing to deserve it. But you know what? Neither have we as believers. No one deserves the love and forgiveness Jesus pours out for us, because His grace has nothing to do with what we’ve done. It has everything to do with who He is.

Jesus loves kindness, because He is Kindness. He loves when we show kindness to a world that is unkind in nature. Kindness draws people in. It shines a warm light of hope in a cruel world. It shows that there is indeed an answer for all these troubles, and the answer lies in the transforming work of Jesus Christ in a person. Through Him, He can take any unkind person and make her kind, loving, compassionate, and merciful. I am one such person. Before Jesus saved me, I was selfish and self-centered. When I look back at the person I used to be, I can hardly believe it. Only God could take my stoney, stubborn heart and turn it into a tender, responsive heart. Only God. And it was through His kindness toward me, and He continues to show that same kindness every single day–even in discipline, even in heartbreak, even in sorrow. Jesus still shows His kindness.

This world desperately needs us to shine the light of kindness no matter where we go, no matter who we are with, and no matter who we are surrounded by. Jesus draws people through human kindness. Don’t be afraid to show it, and give Jesus all the glory for the work He’s done in you. Your kindness will plant seeds for another to experience His salvation too.

By Courtney Silberman

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