“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” Titus 3:4-5
It’s common to hear that we were saved by God’s love, but have you ever stopped to think that we were saved by his kindness, too?
Kindness is an underestimated characteristic that appears to be seen less and less in today’s world. Defined as “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate,” kindness may seem like a simple trait; but all it takes is one look at the news or social media to see that’s not quite the case.
Being kind means accepting others despite differences. Being kind means understanding that your way is not the only way, and that you are not the only person who matters in the world. Being kind means opening yourself to the fact that another’s reaction towards you may not be a personal attack against you, rather a release of a past or recent hurt.
I believe that this is what the Titus scripture means when it says that we were saved by His kindness…for I believe that kindness is the gateway to forgiveness. When we can accept others right where they are—and then choose to believe the best in them—we exhibit love and kindness. Kindness doesn’t mean you have to agree with everyone…it simply means you’re open enough to offer a fair chance.
So give someone a special gift today. A kind word or a kind act. It might be just be what they need to point them to God’s saving grace!