“…love is kind.” (1 Corinthians 13:4b)
This aspect of love is so often missing in our interactions with the world, but when demonstrated, it is one of the most fascinating and transforming behaviors we will ever encounter. It relates to another Scripture in Proverbs 25 which directs us to basically kill our enemies with kindness, it says this will heap coals upon their head. In contemplating this rather hostile sounding directive, I realized it isn’t so much the person we direct our kindness at that is harmed in this process of demonstrating kindness to those who harbor animosity toward. It is their attitude of anger and hatred, their sinful nature, which is smothered under the much stronger flame of love displayed through kindness.
As we face those who disagree with us in the realm of politics, this is an important point to remember, because it is not only our opponent who sees our behavior. No matter if the individual we are disagreeing with is a fellow Christian, a follower of another faith, or a person of no faith at all, they and those watching our debates are all human beings. God tells us that His laws are written on the hearts of all men, and as such, we all know we are undeserving of mercy. Still, we all seek the undeserved grace of mercy and kindness in the face of our sinful nature. When that kindness is demonstrated in stark contrast to hurtful behavior, it demonstrates the absolute, unconditional, unyielding love of Christ. No one faced with such a spectacle will ever escape it unchanged. Kindness does not require us to agree, it does not require us to compromise what we know to be true, it simply requires us to allow God’s loving nature of kindness to respond instead of our nature of anger and frustration.
As Christians, we often get frustrated with the disrespect shown to us for our beliefs, we get short tempered with those who disagree on points of doctrine, politics, or priority. If we choose to follow Christ’s example, and God’s direction to love our enemies, we will discover this simple act will do more extinguish the inferno of anger and spark instead an attitude of love in others than any other action we can take.
Father, forgive us for our unkind behavior toward our fellow men and women. We know that we have all sinned against You and have been shown the unconditional kindness of Your love, and You have called us to show that kindness to others to help show them the way to You. Please fill us with Your Spirit, and help us to let it flow through our act of kindness into the world around us so that every life we touch can be transformed for You. In Jesus Name, Amen.