Family relationships and friendships are so important to God as He doesn’t love anything more than seeing people uniting and doing life together…..especially when He is at the centre of those relationships.
As Christians, we should want to echo God’s love of unity and friendships and what better way to do that than being KIND towards one another. Kindness can go so far and can make or break someone’s day. As a barista in a small coffee shop, one thing that is so poignant in my job is how appreciative people are of my kindness and warmth towards them whilst I’m serving them and I’m proud to say it has led to many friendships that I cherish to this day that haven’t led to me sacrifice ANYTHING…..just kind words and smiles.
Ephesians 4:32 [ESV]
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
I urge you to be kind to everyone no matter the situation, but especially your friends and family. There are countless times when I’ve been down in the dumps or having a lousy day, which has been transformed just by having a positive conversation with a family member or friend in which we’ve traded kind words and affirmations. On the other hand, I’ve been in a great mood and a hostile conversation has left me feeling upset and angry. Being kind is such an easy, cost free thing that we can ALL do. And as Christians we should never want to leave someone feeling empty and sad, no matter who they are. BE KIND. Its the easiest way to share your Christianity and morals without uttering a single word related to your faith (though I’d never disapprove of you to speak about your faith openly).
Some practical ways you can be kind to your friends and family is:
Have frequent conversations with them and listen intently
Show them you care and that you value their words and feelings
Offer to do something for them
Cook them a meal, pick up a prescription for them, put their things away for them
Buy them things randomly or when they’ve had a bad day
Doesn’t have to be something expensive, for example chocolate, flowers. Giving them a little positivity in the day will leave them feeling less stressed and more positive.
So, whatever you do with your friends and family, do it with kindness.