Kindness Speaks Volumes – Why Be Kind?
Key Study Passage: “8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” – 1 Peter 4: 8-11
Who Said It … Ajith Fernando
Ajith Fernando served for 35 years as the national director of Youth for Christ in Sri Lanka and now serves as its teaching director. He is a Bible expositor with a worldwide ministry and spends much of his time mentoring and counseling Christian workers.
He is also a visiting lecturer at Sri Lanka’s Colombo Theological Seminary. He is the author of 15 books including Reclaiming Love. He and his wife, Nelun, have two adult children, both of whom serve on Youth for Christ staff.
What he Said … Why Be Kind?
Kindness is easy to receive, but it is hard to practice. Kindness is costly. Showing kindness to others can get in the way of our plans. That is why it is necessary for us to understand why it is worthwhile to be kind.
One of the most popular commands to love others in the Scriptures occurs in 1 John 4:7: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God” (ESV). John immediately follows up this way: “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8).
Because God is love, and we are made in the image of God, loving others gives full expression to our humanity. A lack of love makes us subhuman.
Some people say that they can’t be bothered with showing kindness to others because they must look after their own personal concerns. But selfishness is always unfulfilling because it denies an essential aspect of our humanity—the ability to love.