I do love the honey. I love putting it in my coffee and mixing it in my peanut butter. I even love pouring it over fried chicken. Honey is good stuff! It's so good we often identify other good things by calling them "as sweet as honey."
Kindness is one of those things that is "as sweet as honey." That's why I love that kindness is trending. The world needs more kindness. Random acts of kindness, sacrificial kindness, undeserved kindness, all of that and more. But choosing it just won't work.
Why? Because choosing kindness is like trying to have honey without the bee. Eventually the sweet gift will run out without the giver.
Jeremiah 17:9 says, The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick... I doubt anyone would choose to vinyl that on a shirt or paint on a canvas to display over the mantle. It's not pleasant to think about, but it reveals a truth we must realize. We cannot choose kind because our hearts are not kind.
There is someone who is kind, though.
But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7
The Lord can create in us what our diminishing willpower can never accomplish. We will become kind as we get to know Kindness.
You can't choose kindness. But here are some things you can choose.
- You can choose to make Jesus the King of your Life. This is so much different than believing He exists or trying to be good. It isn't accomplished by going to mass or Sunday service. It happens when you surrender every area of your life to God's Lordship.
- You can choose to spend time in His Word everyday. Reading the Bible changes you. It's unlike any other book because it is Alive. It cures your heart and transforms your life. It equips you to act more like it's Author.
- You can choose to pray. When you talk honestly and consistently with God, you get to know Him better. And the more you know, the more you will want to know.
And God's kindness is unending, purer, and even sweeter than the bottle of "Mack-Daddy Honey" I just drizzled over my vanilla yogurt.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33