What are you wearing today?
Does it compliment you, does it reveal who you are and show your best attributes? Of course what we choose to wear, the style of clothes that suits us, ultimately doesn’t have any lasting worth. But what we are wearing spiritually does. I love the story of Tabitha of Joppa in the book of Acts, who was a dressmaker or seamstress. She made clothes, possibly to provide an income for herself. But Tabitha also gave away the clothes that she made. She clothed others, and in so doing, she clothed herself with kindness. Tabitha was a godly woman who was loved and honoured in her community. She demonstrated kindness, an attribute of God and a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Kindness is an attribute of God.
“But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.”Titus 3:4-5
The definition of kindness is ‘doing thoughtful deeds for others.’ God has demonstrated His loving kindness to us. He has clothed us with garments of salvation and wrapped us in a robe of His righteousness.
“I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness…Isaiah 61:10
When we didn’t deserve His kindness, God had a plan to reconcile us to Himself. We receive our garments of salvation by God’s grace alone.
Children of God
The flow of His love towards us is overwhelming, that we should become children of God! Not by any effort of our own but by His love and grace. Surely then our desire, the response of our hearts, is that our behaviour reflects our Heavenly Father and our position as His children.
“Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other….”Colossians 3:12-13a
Let us choose to be kind, to clothe ourselves with the attributes of our Heavenly Father. Psalm 1 mentions ‘bearing fruit in season’ and what opportunities there are, particularly at this time, to develop the fruit of kindness. In this season of change, unrest and uncertainty, with so many strong and divided opinions, let us be kind!
Kindness is a lifestyle – it is a choice that we make and an action that we take!Tweet
What a difference it can make when we are kind to one another. When we demonstrate the love of God as a reality. Love is indispensable. The apostle Paul wrote beautifully about the ‘most excellent way’ of sharing our Christian faith – that love is kind. Love keeps no record of wrongs and always perseveres!
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”Ephesians 4:32
As we receive God’s amazing grace, the demonstration of His loving kindness to us, let us make every effort to overcome division with kindness!