Ways To Be Kind
Kindness is one of the ways you can tell from a person’s life if they are a follower of Christ. As we read in Galatians, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (5:22-23, NIV).
Kindness should come naturally to us, but sometimes we need extra encouragement or ideas to get us started. Here are some examples from the Bible of ways to be kind.
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
— Romans 12:15, NIV
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
— Ephesians 4:32, NIV
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
— Colossians 3:12-13, NIV
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
— 1 Peter 3:8-9, ESV
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”
— Matthew 5:7, NIV
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
— 2 Peter 1:5-7, NIV
Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
— 1 Thessalonians 5:15, NIV
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
— 1 John 3:18, ESV
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
— Romans 12:10, NIV
“Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.”
— Luke 6:30, NIV
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
— 1 Corinthians 13:4, NIV
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
— Ephesians 4:29, NIV
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
— Micah 6:8, NIV
Let a righteous man strike me — that is a kindness; let him rebuke me — that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.
— Psalm 141:5, NIV
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
— 1 Peter 4:8, NIV
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
— Galatians 5:13, NIV
Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
— Proverbs 12:25, NIV