Mark Affleck

I Was Always Nice But, It Turns Out, Never Kind.

November 5, 2018
Spiritual Growth

Our culture today considers Godly KINDNESS to be synonymous with the world’s definition of being NICE. But that is, simply and soundly, WRONG. Believers who fall for this head fake are sure to compromise their faith. Godly kindness and being nice could not be more different.

Biblical kindness supernaturally changes our hearts to express Christ-like love to others even if they don’t deserve that treatment.
One of the fruits of the spirit in Galatians 5, kindness is a supernatural blessing that comes only through our abiding relationship with Christ.
Yep. True kindness is impossible unless God has transformed our heart to go beyond external niceties to reach an internal change that expresses itself in supernatural kindness.
Our relationship with Christ deepens our faith which is made manifest in our expressions of kindness.
We are not called to be kind because it is “how a Christian should act.” We are called to be kind to others because God is kind to us.           
Everyone wants to be nice! Even mean guys and mean girls want to be nice. But most of the “being nice” we see today is superficial and driven by self-interest to get a “better deal” in life, even if it is a farcical façade.
Biblical kindness is a natural trait of a believer walking with Christ. Whether people realize it or not, they are in contact with the character of God when they experience the kindness of an abiding and committed believer.
Our goal should be to have Godly kindness appear naturally and not be manufactured under our own power and for our own self-interest apart from God’s best plan for our life.
I ask God to help me recognize the kindness he has shown me in a way that sticks inside so I can share it with others.
Will you spot today’s opportunity to show someone the kindness of Jesus?
“Be kind and considerate to others, forgiving each other just as Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32

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