Christ’s Closet: Kindness

Read: Ephesians 2:1-10

A couple weeks ago I shared about the Colossians 3:12-17 passage in which Paul talks about the various things we are to “put on” or “clothe” ourselves with. The first one was compassion, and the one following that is kindness. As you walk out of your home each morning this week are you putting on kindness?

William Penn once said, “I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow-being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.”

This quote is a wonderful reminder that each day we live is one less day we have to be kind to someone else. Why would we want to fill it with being hateful, crude, demanding, and inconsiderate? Sometimes our uncontrolled anger takes us to those lowly places and nobody ever feels good about it afterward.

A spirit of kindness and consideration can go so far in blessing someone and making their day better. Jesus gives us so many examples of that in the gospels. His heart is full of kindness and his compassions never fail those in need.

I heard a story one time about Gandhi when he was boarding a train in India and one of his shoes slipped off. He was unable to retrieve it and so he took the other shoe off and threw it alongside the other one. When a fellow traveler saw this and asked him why he did that, Gandhi smiled and said, “the poor man who finds the shoe lying on the track will now have a pair he can use.”

In Colossians 3:12 Paul said, “clothe yourselves with kindness.” In other words, put it on with the rest of your wardrobe as you head out into the world each day. Put others before yourself. In Ephesians 2:7 he reminds us that this type of kindness has been shown to us through Christ Jesus.

Are we showing it to others? Kindness? Or are we letting anger, revenge, and discontent be the clothing that others see? Jesus has healed so many people and that kindness is what he wants to see in our daily lives as we interact with others.

Make it personal: As you pick out your shoes to wear this week think of Jesus and his kindness, think of what Gandhi did with his shoes, and then decide to walk in kindness toward those whom God will place in your path.

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church