“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).
We would never think of our prodigals as our enemies, because we know the real enemy is the devil and his demons, but sometimes they really do curse, hate, spitefully use, and persecute, and kindness is simply not our knee-jerk reaction.
However, the concept of kindness keeps coming up:
- Pastor Kevin McGlamery (Life Church Huntsville) told the story in the Valentine’s Day sermon of how a woman won her unsaved husband to the Lord through kindness.
- At the 2021 XO marriage conference over Valentine weekend, Pastor Jimmy Evans said that the way to forgive someone is to pray blessings over them. Your heart will eventually catch up with your prayers, and you are empowered to be kind.
- During a sermon by Pastor McGlamery about Daniel, I realized Daniel was kind to King Darius the morning after the king had Daniel thrown into the lions’ den. He said, “O king, live forever!” How could he have been so kind after what the king had done to him? Without the Lord, that would be impossible to say. Most of us would have stewed and rehearsed all night, figuring out just what to say to make the king feel as badly as he should have felt after pulling a stunt like that!
You might could add your own story to this list about how kindness changed a bad situation into good, because kindness will do a work like nothing else can.
There is power in kindness. It can change the atmosphere and situations.
You can absolutely be kind in volatile situations, because “The preparations of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD” (Proverbs 16:1 NKJV). It is, after all, a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22–23).