'We prove ourselves by... our kindness.' 2 Corinthians 6:6 NLT
Kindness (the opposite of mean-ness) is a 'fruit of the Spirit,' so it will grow in your life as you spend time with God (see Galatians 5:22). Kindness doesn't grow as the result of listening to a sermon on kindness on Youtube. You have to practice it. You have to do what Peter says: to 'prove ourselves by... our kindness' (2 Corinthians 6:6 NLT).
One morning William McKinley was riding to his office on a tram. A sick woman got on and couldn't find a seat so she hung onto an overhead strap next to where one of McKinley's political colleagues was seated. Pathetically this guy hid behind his newspaper to avoid giving up his seat. Immediately McKinley gave her his seat and took her place in the aisle. Years later when McKinley had become President of the USA this same colleague was recommended for the position of ambassador but McKinley refused. He said, 'If his kindness is of the quality he showed that morning on the tram, I fear what he might do representing us in a foreign land.' The disappointed politician never did find out why McKinley chose someone else for the job.
Without kindness, what good are all our titles, traditions and testimonies? If you don't know the answer, here it is: 'If I had the gift of prophecy and knew all about...the future, knew everything about everything, but didn't love others, what good would it do' (1 Corinthians 13:2 TLB)?
So what now? Today, make every effort to show kindness!
Soulfood: Num 7 Mt 11:1-9 Ps 107:1-9 Pro 3:13-18,