by Lydia Floren
One of the kindest things I can do
with my life, is to choose to receive the love of God everyday. I know that seems contradictory, but just hear me out:
Taking the time each morning to receive God’s love, frees me to be the person I am meant to be. It allows me to shed
- unforgiveness, and
- love My Heavenly Father well.
- love my neighbor better.
- love myself more.
And, as I live in my belovedness, I can’t help but act on it. Experiencing God’s love ignites a fire in me to love those around me, and to act kindly towards others (for more about this, read Breathing In!). This may be in the form of a smile, a shared joke, a word of encouragement, a listening ear, a gift (delivered in secret, if possible), or a note.
But even these aren’t the most far-reaching acts of kindness I can perform. The most precious acts of kindness are heart-kindnesses – decisions of the will. Heart-kindnesses can look like
- withholding judgment,
- giving grace,
- letting go,
- or apologizing.
Heart-kindnesses shape my attitude, my outlook on life. The more heart-kindnesses I choose to do, the more profoundly my outlook on life is transformed. And a joyful attitude is the most profound kindness I can give to the world. It affects every word I say and action I do.
The Fruit of the Spirit named “Kindness” will be manifested in my life only to the degree that I allow God’s love to move through me, prompting me to heart-kindnesses, transforming my attitude, and moving me to acts of service.
Has someone been particularly kind to you recently? We’d love to hear from you!