It seems like more and more we have gotten the idea that if someone disagrees with us or has a different point of view on a particular matter then that gives us the right to treat them unkindly. I especially see this on Social Media. Maybe because it’s not a face-to-face interaction, we become bolder and meaner. I can barely stand to read the comments on the various political and Social Media posts (and rarely do). However, when I do take the time to read a post I find interesting, I’m just astounded by the insults, put-downs and outright abuse that I see in the comments thread.
I totally believe that no matter what my viewpoint is, as a follower of Christ, I have no right to be hateful and unkind to someone I don’t agree with. And I’m sad to say that I sometimes see this behavior from those who say they are Christians.
As Christians, let’s remember what Paul said in Romans 12:8 as he was speaking about the many gifts they had received from the Holy Spirit. “If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness, do it gladly” (NLT). I think we can all receive the “gift for showing kindness”. How? By acting kindly.
And in 2 Corinthians 6 Paul starts out by stating we have all received kindness from God (which we did not deserve). He then goes on to discuss how we demonstrate we are true ministers of God. In verse 6 he says, “We remain pure. We understand completely what it means to serve God. We are patient and kind. We serve him in the power of the Holy Spirit. We serve him with true love” (NIVR).
Dear readers, the world if full of hurting people. They, like us, need and want to be treated kindly. Let us not act unkind, but share the gift of kindness.