Free to be Kind

Kindness is a gift we can give others that won’t cost anything except submission. When Jesus set us free, he set us free from all demonic strongholds. He taught his personal disciples, and ultimately us, how to live a life free of baggage and retribution from our sins.

The Transfiguration Lodovico Carracci 1594

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Inevitably we will have to face the end of our natural lives. When we do, we will be forced to look back at how we used this life, whether for good or for evil. Our sins will not pass into the kingdom of heaven. If we continue to sin without repentance, we won’t pass into the kingdom of heaven either.

Kindness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit within us. The spiritual fruit of kindness can bring joy and peace. There is no spiritual law against it and therefore it is not sin. When we cultivate the fruits of the spirit we are storing up treasures in heaven.

A kind person stands out above the rest. Kindness will never go unrewarded. God sees every kind act. When we pass on kindness we give and receive a treasure far above rubies or gold. Since it is easier to cultivate the fruits of the spirit than to avoid sin, an act of kindness is never a burden. Our lives take on new meaning and a renewed hope with every kind act.

True love promotes kindness. Kindness overflows into other areas of our lives and eliminates many demonic strongholds. For example, a person acting kindly will no longer slander or abuse others. Kindness follows Jesus’ example. He was kind to women, children, the poor, demon possessed, elderly, sickly, and every wealthy, important, average, or lowly sinner.

In other words, Jesus gave everything he had to everyone so that we could live.

Chinese depiction of Jesus and the rich man (M...

Jesus was kind to rich and poor alike.

Thank you. God bless you.

5 Biblical tips on kindness:

1. Don’t wait until someone is kind to you to be kind. Kindness is contagious but it may take awhile to catch on.

Galatians 6:9 And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.

2. Kindness is right no matter what you receive in return. Two wrongs never make things right. Remember you are storing up treasures in heaven.

Proverbs 17:9 Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

Matthew 6:19-21 “Stop storing up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal. 20Instead, store up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust don’t destroy and thieves don’t break in and steal. 21Your heart will be where your treasure is.

3. Cultivate love. Patience and kindness are sure to follow. The benefit you receive will come back to you many times over.

Colossians 3:14 Above all, be loving. This ties everything together perfectly.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7  Love is patient. Love is kind. Love isn’t jealous. It doesn’t sing its own praises. It isn’t arrogant. 5It isn’t rude. It doesn’t think about itself. It isn’t irritable. It doesn’t keep track of wrongs. 6It isn’t happy when injustice is done, but it is happy with the truth. 7Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up.

Proverbs 11:17 The merciful, kind, and generous man benefits himself [for his deeds return to bless him], but he who is cruel and callous [to the wants of others] brings on himself retribution.

4. Don’t repay evil with evil. Repay evil with kindness. In this way you are cultivating love and love covers a multitude of sins.

1 Peter 3:8-9 Finally, everyone must live in harmony, be sympathetic, love each other, have compassion, and be humble. 9Don’t pay people back with evil for the evil they do to you, or ridicule those who ridicule you. Instead, bless them, because you were called to inherit a blessing.

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

1 Peter 4:8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

5. Follow the example of Jesus Christ. He is our leader, our head, our strength, and the finisher of our faith.

1 Timothy 1:14 Our Lord was very kind to me. Through his kindness he brought me to faith and gave me the love that Christ Jesus shows people.

2 Timothy 2:1 My child, find your source of strength in the kindness of Christ Jesus.

Titus 2:11 After all, God’s saving kindness has appeared for the benefit of all people.

Ephesians 4:15 Instead, as we lovingly speak the truth, we will grow up completely in our relationship to Christ, who is the head.

Hebrews 12:2 Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

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