Today I started my day with the reading of a verse and commentary (below post) that left me realizing the need for a heart check.
I should be living a life defined by the kindness of putting others before myself.
Do we, as a Christian community?
I mean, do we really?
Pretty easy to do when the ones I am putting before myself are say..my own children.
But what about when it’s someone I don’t like as much as I like my own children?
What about putting someone above myself when it is, say, a difficult person?
Or someone with an opposing political view?
Someone who mocks my faith?
How about when it’s my husband and he is being completely and totally wrong and I am hurt and he…ahem..never mind..
But still, what about then?
Or what if that kindness requires that I not respond in that snarky “I’m gonna win this comment fight on Facebook, just watch me humiliate this guy with bible verses!” kinda way? Or what if kindness means I don’t respond in any way? That I don’t get the last word?
Here is the thing we need to remember:
kindness = the ability to be humble.
And humbling ourselves is a hard thing.
Giving up the need to be first, or the best, the only, the winner or just plain right – that’s hard too.
And yet, God asks us to.
God asked for us to live a life of humble kindness.
When we humbly choose to forgo our right to be the most right, forgo our anger or our own self promotion and importance – we choose kindness.
And yet, we so often struggle with kindness.
Just read any comment thread on any social media page (even..no..especially on the “Christian” pages) and you will see that the struggle to stay humble, to be kind, is REAL.
It’s real for me as well.
And I want to be better at this.
I want the Christian community to be better at this, because we are better than this.
As Christians, I know we are better than the mess of infighting we seem to be right now. Better than our apparent inability to be humble and be kind.
I want to be more like Jesus in humbly loving others through kindness.
Humility is a very big thing.
Into a humble heart, God can and will pour in:
-and the blessing of deeper connections to others.
And from the humble heart good Godly things pour out:
-encouragement for others
And it just keeps flowing out, when there is no pride to stop it.
I so want that free flowing heart!
Humbly and Authentically Yours,
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4
“Here are further exhortations to Christian duties; to like-mindedness and lowly-mindedness, according to the example of the Lord Jesus.
Kindness is the law of Christ’s kingdom, the lesson of his school, the livery of his family.
..If you expect or experience the benefit of God’s compassions to yourselves, be compassionate one to another.
Christ came to humble us, let there not be among us a spirit of pride.
We must be severe upon our own faults, and quick in observing our own defects, but ready to make favourable allowances for others. We must kindly care for others..
Neither inward nor outward peace can be enjoyed, without lowliness of mind.”
from Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on Philippians 2:1-4