We’ve seen so much hate in 2016 that the best way we can hope for a better year is to be kind. There is a verse in the Book of Acts that exemplifies kindness.
The natives showed us extraordinary kindness; for because of the rain that had set in and because of the cold, they kindled a fire and received us all. -Acts 28:2 (NASB)
After being shipwrecked the Apostle Paul and his companions swam to shore and they were met by the islanders. Although they were complete strangers, the islanders nevertheless received them and kept them warm with a fire.
While this was a literal action of warmness, kindness is also –even more so—keeping hearts warm through genuine ministerial care. Many go through storms –emotional, spiritual, psychological—in their lives and kindness will make them feel they are not alone.
So, in 2017, be kind even if others may be unkind to you.
Be kind even if you are misconstrued, misjudged, misinterpreted.
Be kind even if false accusations are hurled against you.
To be kind is to spread love in Christ’s name.
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience… -Colossians 3:12 (NASB)