Love is kind. We see this when we look at Jesus. Take, for example, this passage from Luke 7:
“…Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out — the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. … When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, ‘Don’t cry.’
“Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, ‘Young man, I say to you, get up!’ The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother’ “ (NIV).
I love this passage! I love seeing how Jesus took the time to notice the grieving mother, not just her problem, but her. “Don’t cry,” Jesus said to her, and then after He performed His astounding miracle, He delivered her son back to her. Don’t you know that she went home talking not only about Jesus’ awesome power but also about His love and kindness?
OK, Christians. If we are going to call ourselves Christians, we should resemble Christ. How much love and kindness do we show people who are hurting around us? When we see someone facing a problem, do we take the time to address the person and not just the person’s need?
We should. People need more than our help. People need God’s love. And God’s love is kind.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12 NIV