A Virtuous Woman Is Kind

The Virtue of Kindness Results in an Outward Display of Mercy That Comes from the Heart

Butterflies and the Law of Kindness
When asked to name someone who is kind, many people might mention their grandmother, or Mother Teresa, or even Ghandi. And when asked what makes that person kind, most will gladly give several features about that person's character, or personality, or perhaps good things they have done or said. Overall, even to those in the world, kindness implies more than a nice smile and an impersonal acknowledgement of others around them.

For Christians, the spiritual implications of kindness go much deeper. For each place that the word kindness is used in the Bible, it is accompanied by the word “show,” namely a showing of mercy. It is an active display of giving on behalf of someone who does not merit it, initiated by one who has no reason to perform it. God intended for His people to understand that kindness is not something that is merely kept closed up in the heart, but it must first exist in the heart. Likewise, kindness is to be displayed by actions toward another person. It cannot be impersonated or artificial.

To show kindness also means to take an active part in alleviating the discomfort of someone who may rightfully deserve the discomfort but will die if not rescued. Such is the testimony of every believer. Had God not intervened by offering His son as a lifeline for the fallen, all of mankind would have perished in their sins. This also is the key to understanding the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. The man who had been beaten and left for dead surely would have died if his help had not come from an unloved and therefore unlikely source. It was the kindness of the Samaritan, a detested outcast, that saved the life of the fallen Israelite.

Just as Jesus Himself said, “Love your enemies! Do good [kindness] to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.” (Luke 6:35-36, NLT, brackets added for clarification)

Today, Christian women will encounter numerous individuals who will not agree with them, who will instead despise and mistreat them, and even trample underfoot the God they so devotedly follow. Yet just like the Good Samaritan, Christians are called to love their enemies, and pray for those who maliciously abuse them. By soft speech and a peaceful nature, believers can rise above the arrows of hatred from the world and operate in the spirit of mercy and kindness that moves the heart of God, and ultimately draws others to Him.

Written by: Amy Miller