I don’t get why being kind is such a hard thing to do. I mean, I get we’re all different. whether it be in a physical aspect, an action aspect, or a heart aspect. We are all made to be different — but we need to start focusing on the similarities. Here are few of the many similarities between us.
Similarity #1 – we are all made in the image of God and have a purpose.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
I don’t care who you are, where you are at in life, or what your past looks like. What I care about is that you were made in the image of & by God. He created you, inside to out; with no flaw inHis sight. That birthmark you have? From Him. The blonde hair you hate? From Him. The wide hips you can’t stand? From Him. The nose you have? From Him. Every single part of you, whether you like it or not, is from Him. You are unique. You are special. You are meant to be different. You are called out, friend.
You have a purpose. Again, I don’t care who you are, where you’re in life, or what your past looks like. God still has a unique, driven purpose for you. And each one of us has a gift from Him. Now whether we want to use it and believe in it, is up to us. But just know God has your story written. He believes in you – and He wants to use you. I can only hope and pray that you are willing to give up your wants, and pick up His Will.
Similarity #2 – we all sin and fall short of His glory.
“For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Romans 3:23
Listen, friend. Christian or not, we all are going to sin. Saved or not, we are all going to sin.
Having a faith & relationship with God doesn’t take sin out of you life. But it brings in self control, patience, + forgiveness.
That person your friend is sleeping with is no different than you gossiping.
That person who is addicted to pills is no different than you lying.
That person who gets plastered every weekend is no different than you cussing.
No matter how big or how small; no matter how “serious”, or not… we are all sinners in need of a Savior. We are all broken in need of restoration. We are all imperfect in need of the One who is perfect.
Moral of the story : stop judging others just because they sin differently than you. This is something I’m slowly learning as well. And I’m not going to cover it up. It’s hard – because our human nature is going to judge. But we need to come to the realization that Jesus didn’t just die for you. He died for that irritable co worker, that nasty sibling, and/or that dad who left you. You are not better than someone just because you sin differently than them. We are all gonna mess up, we are all gonna fall short. But as followers of Jesus, we can’t point a spec in someone else’s eye when we have a log in ours (Matthew 7:5). We have to work on continuing to be humble through this.
Similarity #3 – we all have feelings.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
I think this is important because I think we often forget it. We can act all big and bad – but we know deep down our feelings can get hurt. I’ll be the first to say it – I am a SENSITIVE person. I cry very easily. Whereas, you may never cry, but you can’t sit here and lie to yourself, saying your feelings never get hurt. Emotions are normal. Don’t beat yourself up for feeling them.
Our perspective needs to change when talking to others. We have to realize they are human, they have feelings, and they are struggling. We are all going through something in our lives, whether people know it or not. And it isn’t fair to treat someone with disrespect in any circumstance. Their mom could be on their death bed, they could’ve just lost their grandfather, or they themselves could’ve just been diagnosed with cancer. You don’t know their story – and we have to start treating people like they are struggling, like they need encouragement, and like they need love. Because we all do. Love over hate. Kindness over attitude. Respect over rudeness.
Who are we to hate, judge, or gossip about another one of Gods children? They are just as much Gods child as you are. Don’t forget that.
Look, friend. Kindness is free. Kindness does nothing but encourage + have a positive impact. Being negative + nasty does NOTHING to better anyone’s feelings or life. We wonder why suicide rates are the way the are. We wonder why all these kids are being diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Do we ever think about what our words or actions do to them? Do we ever think about their feelings more than our “humor” or to be “more popular”. Stop pointing out their flaws because you think it makes you look better. We have to start getting kinder, more loving, and more encouraging. We have to realize we’re not the only ones struggling. We have to realize we’re all sons & daughters of the King. I don’t care who it is – they are loved by God. And we should be showing them the love He has for us.
This could go on and on – explaining ways to show His kindness. Holding the door open, checking up on your loved one, asking to pray for them, giving a compliment, or paying it forward. Just think how much better this world would be if we put someone else’s feelings and needs before our own.
This is all in love and sometimes we all need a humble reminder.
I stared this blog in about January of 2016 to share His Word in a creative way. I was praying one night, and it kind of just came onto my heart.
I pray that The Lord may speak to you through me, I can only hope I can help you in your relationship with Christ.