Shakespeare once said, “the milk of human kindness”. The dictionary explains this phrase using words such as kindness, compassion, care, generosity, warmth, consideration and concern in our thoughts, feelings and actions toward each other. It’s curious how resonant this is with Kingdom values.
The Gospels are full of examples of how Jesus responded to people where His predominant emotion was kindness and compassion – it motivated Him to act. There are numerous examples of Jesus setting this example found in the book of Matthew alone! See Matthew 5:45, Matthew 9:36, Matthew 14:14, Matthew 15:32, and Matthew 20:34. As we see through Jesus’ life it’s a “heart” thing and not a “head” thing!
It’s one way of manifesting our authentic “followship” of Jesus. Uncomfortably, for us, this compassion is unconditional and inclusive. It not only extends to the poor and those who are unkind, but even to our enemies. Ouch!
The Gospels On Kindness And Compassion
The Gospels encourage believers to show kindness and compassion:
Luke 6:35 – “Love your enemies and continue to treat them well. You will receive a rich reward and you will be known as true children of God, having His nature. For your Father is famous for His kindness to heal even the thankless and cruel.”
Luke 6:36 – “Show mercy and compassion for others, just as your Father overflows with mercy and compassion for all. ”
Luke 11:41 – “If you free your heart of greed, showing compassion and generosity to the poor, you have more than clean hands; you will be clean inside.”
Ask yourself, what is one way I can be more kind like Jesus? How can a I show compassion to a loved one, acquaintance, and stranger today?
Let’s be more like Jesus!
— Read also: Time To Wake Up Your Potential
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