Someone once called me a “kind man” because I handled a vendor (who had made a mistake) without raising my voice or berating him. I was being nice, but I think that being kind has just a bit more to it than being nice. Anyone can be nice – some can even pull of a facade of niceness in order to manipulate others. To be kind, however, takes real action and that would derive from goodwill.
Being nice is just a matter of pleasantness, gentle speech, gentle behavior and such. Anyone can be nice or even fake niceness.
To be kind, as per Greek defining, is full of service to others.
Paul’s #2 hit in the ubiquitous love chapter is that love is kind.
This is more than just a nice thing. This is action. Love in action.
Love is action.
I love that definition…full of service to others.
Service. To. Others.
Jesus told the questioning Pharisees that of all the Laws, the greatest included loving our neighbors. Then, His New Commandment was to love one another.
Others. Our neighbors (people, at large) and one another (fellow believers).
Love. Is. Kind.
Action. Serving others.
Serving. It is not about self.
Jesus was quoted in Matthew and Mark, “The son of man did not come to be served, but to serve…”. Jesus was totally kind. He fed, He healed, He taught – He even washed the nasty feet of all those guys. He never had prerequisites or conditions, except to be present and willing to receive.
Today, we hear of “random acts of kindness”. I believe that, in the economy of love, kindness is active and it should be specific and deliberate. No offense to the aforementioned statement, but I just think we should be more deliberate and targeted when it comes to serving others.
We live in a lost and hurting world. Sure, you are now thinking, “Thank you, Capt. Obvious.”. But, the best way to reach people is by actively serving them. And, we should do it strictly to bless them…not just to “win them over”.
Kindness is a major outward expression of love. In its true form, it does not come with an agenda, does not have any requirements of the receivers either before or after serving them and should be done without compulsion. It is to be done from the heart and without condition.
Mother Theresa was kind. That guy waiting in line who pays for the struggling mother’s groceries is kind. Feeding the homeless…kindness. Lending a confident ear…kindness. Free tutoring for a less privileged kid…this is kind.
Love is kind.
Yet another item orbiting around the nucleus of love.