They say, “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”
Sometimes choosing to be kind is the bravest, strongest, fiercest, most difficult thing we can do. There is nothing weak in kindness. Being kind isn’t the easy way out; being kind is the high road, the upper hand.
Even Scripture is full of references to kindness. Here are a few of our favorites:
Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:32 (NLT)
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
Ephesians 1:7-8 (NLT)
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Colossians 3:12 (NLT)
And so with those verses in mind, we say it again: in a world where you can be anything, be kind.
Picture a woman who, by all appearances, seems to “have it all together.” She’s well-dressed, well-coiffed, well-spoken. She has a calm and poised demeanor that makes her seem easy to approach and talk to. It only takes a few sentences to know if the classiness she exudes starts from the inside or is only skin-deep.
Because all the makeup and designer clothing in the world can’t cover up an unkind heart.
We all may have, at one time, been quick to judge someone by their exterior and then quick to discover the kindness in her.
Here’s to the people who surprise us with kindness — who, in a world divided, multiply kindness. We know that kindness adds up and subtracts nothing, heals division and multiplies by nature.
This is our favorite kind of math.
May we all strive for the graciousness and kindness that saves us.
May we serve and love one another with kind hearts.
May we be slow to judge and quick to care.
And may we gently steer one another towards the One who has first loved us and shown us extreme kindness.
Candace Cameron Bure (you may know her as DJ Tanner from Fuller House, or recognize her from Dancing With The Stars or a number of Hallmark movies) has written a brand-new book on this topic, and it’s one of our favorite reads right now! Kind Is the New Classy: The Power of Living Graciously is now available at DaySpring — along with a whole new (beautiful) product line, pictured above! Find all the pieces inspired by Candace right here.
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