Kindness Speaks Volumes – What Can I Do?
Kindness is love made practical. It’s tangible and selfless, and it reveals a changed heart. People may doubt what we say, or our intentions, but they are often moved to respond positively to acts of kindness.
In the words of Peter, “Love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). In other words, people who encounter kindness are moved to forgive and love in return. In today’s study passage, Peter reminds us to regularly practice such acts of kindness.
Key Study Passage: 1 Peter 4: 8-11
- What are some unexpected acts of kindness you’ve received from others?
- What spiritual gifts do you have to offer to others? If you’re not sure, ask someone in your Church who knows you well.
- Think of some people in your Church or community who could really benefit from acts of kindness in this particular season of their lives. Think of ways you can serve them.
- Make a point this week of showing kindness to the people who serve you in your community (baristas, check-out clerks, servers at restaurants, landscapers, mail carriers, custodians, etc.).
Spend Time in Prayer: Ask God to cultivate kindness in your heart; pray that he would bring people in need of the love of God across your path.
1 Peter 4: 8-11:
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.