Our culture has deteriorated to a place where lack of kindness is a way of life. But, demonstrating gentleness and warmth toward others has a boomerang effect—it not only helps others, it makes the kind person happier too. We are wired by God for kindness and everything gets better when we fertilize this quality.
Kindness is a two-sided coin. It is impossible to truly be kind without respect. Respect is valuing people and showing that value. Kindness and respect are not suggestions from Jesus, they are commands. The foundation for kindness and respect: everyone you will ever meet is an image-beset of God.
What does kindness and respect look like?
- Believing the best
- Differing without demonizing
- Guarding words and volume (Ephesians 4:29)
- Quick Apologies
- Forming opinions slowly
- Keeping Promises
- Treating others as we wish to be treated