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What the Bible Says About Kindness

Updated on January 16, 2017

Kindness Defined

Kindness is the way we treat others when we are nice to them. Being kind is a behavior bestowed on others that makes them feel good.

Kindness is defined as being helpful toward others; especially when they are in need. Being kind means doing things for others without expecting something in return for what you do for others.

Kindness can be summarized as a providing a charitable act for someone else.

God's View of Kindness

God expects people to be kind to others. It is one way of pleasing God. We can't say we love God and mistreat His people.

God is kind. So we should be kind to others as well. Showing kindness to others is imitating God's character. When we show undeserved kindness to others, we are copying God's behavior and doing what Jesus would do. People are instruments through which we can show that we are also kind to God.

Kindness: A Fruit of the Spirit

Being kind to others is a fruit of the Spirit, according to Galatians 5:23. Kindness is more than saying you are kind. It is proving it with action.

There are some interesting things people should know about kindness.

  • Kindness should be followed up with a kind act.
  • Kindness to God's people proves your love for God.
  • When you are kind to others, others will be kind to us. It's a reciprocal factor because kindness begets kindness.

Ways To Be Kind to Others

We can show kindness to others by doing a variety of things. Here are some examples.

  1. Speak gently to people.
  2. Avoid deliberately hurting people's feelings.
  3. Take a sincere interest in the welfare of others.
  4. Forgive others even when they hurt you.
  5. Refrain from taking people for granted.
  6. Don't manipulate people.
  7. Look down on people only when you are helping them up.
  8. Live and let live by not being so hard on people when they disappoint you.

Genuine Kindness

People respond to God's love by being kind to others. Genuine kindness is a response to God's love. Genuine kindness is not saying we love God and mistreating what God has been made in His own image.

God has commanded us throughout scriptures to be kind to others. Therefore, being kind to people is being obedient to God. We disobey God when we are not kind to others.

When we mistreat others, we destroy our relationship with God. That causes us not to receives all the benefits from God. We might think are love for God is genuine, but if we mistreat His people, we are not loving God to the extent that God wants to be loved and served.

Scriptures About Kindness
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and clearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12)
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)
A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself. (Proverbs 11:17)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. (Galatians 5:22)
Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty. (Job 6:14)
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and clearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12)

Ellen says at the end of every one of her shows, 'Be kind to one another."

Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres

Be kind to others today and everyday!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

      Great biblical view of kindness. I also posted "50 Kindness Quotes from the Bible." This is a forever relevant topic.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, MsDora, for letting me know about your "50 Kindness Quotes from the Bible." I am going to be KIND and add a link to my article so people will know about yours.

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