Friday, February 16, 2024

What does Kindness Cost?


For those who do not know, I am a Sunday school teacher at my church. I teach the kids 6 to 10 years old. I love teaching kids this age because it’s fun and they are very smart children.


They love to learn new things about the bible and they ask so many questions.



 We have been discussing kindness in our Sunday school class and why it is so important to be kind to others. Not just others, but be kind to all kinds. 


As I was thinking on my Sunday school lessons a question came to mind. 


How much does it cost to be kind to others? 


This is a valid question because we see so much hate in the world. People don’t like each other because of their skin color, or they don’t associate with a certain person because of their background. 


Why is that?


Do they feel they have the right to mistreat people just because they are different?  Or do they feel like they are better than other people because of who they are?



Never in the bible do you see Jesus being rude or mean to anyone because of who they were.  He treated everyone with kindness and gentleness. 


One of the stories we talked about was “The woman at the Well” ( John 4).  If you have not read this story i encourage you to read it for yourself. 


In this story we see Jesus at Jacobs well. He sees this Samaritan woman and ask her for something to drink.  She responds “how is it that thou, a Jew, askest drink of me, which a woman of Samaria? For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.” (John 4:9)


Notice that they both were from two different background, but Jesus did not see that.

Jesus took the time to talk to her. He did not care her background. He did not care that he was a Jew, and she was a Samaritan. He talked to her and witnessed to her.  He wanted her know about God so he took the time to talk to her. 


That is how we should be. We should take the time to be nice, and kind to everyone.


I work at a nursing home, and I met a woman who different from me in many ways. Our backgrounds are different because she is a different race than me.  She told me she was hesitant to talk to me at first, but we became friends.  One night we were talking, and she told me that she knew I was a Christian, but she was afraid to speak to me because others who professed to be Christians had been so mean to her because of her background. She told me that she thought I would be the same way. 


I looked at her and simply told her that I was not that kind of person. I do not treat people differently just because they are different from me.  I try to treat everyone the same.   


Now how much would it have cost the other people to be kind to this young lady?


It would not have cost a dime.  We should not have to put a price on being kind to someone. We should do it freely. 

You never seen anyone in the Bible being kind to others for a price. That is not how that works. 


Not only does it not cost us a thing to be kind to others, as you see in Ephesians 4:32 God requires us to be kind to others.  



It does not state in the bible that we should only be nice to people that pays us to be kind to them. No, it does not


It does not state in the Bible that we should only be kind to people who are the same race as us, or the same the hair color or eye color.  It does not say anything like that.


But it tells us to be kind to everyone!!!! It does not matter if they are different from you or not.  


Kindness is what God wants us to show to all his people, just like Jesus did.




Being kind is free for all and we should be kind to everyone. 


God bless.

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