How to Be Kind [1 Thessalonians 5:15 Devotional]

How to Be Kind [1 Thessalonians 5:15 Daily Devotional]

“Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.”

1 Thessalonians 5:15

What is 1 Thessalonians 5:15 about?

I’m going to look at this verse in reverse order. There are two parts to the verse. First, this verse is about being good to one another and trusting others to be good to us. The Apostle Paul is expanding on Jesus’s life in an effort to teach us how to live life as Christians. Second, Paul tells us to “make sure” there’s no payback. This is an active command where we’re expected to hold each other accountable in how we act toward one another.

How to Be Kind

Since we’re taught by Paul to be kind, we need to figure out how to do that. The first is through relationships. It’s much easier to empathize and humanize a person if you have a relationship with them. So make friends! Join a small group at your church and get involved. Being in that community will also help you with being accountable for how you treat people. We all have blind spots, so having that group of people will be invaluable.

Praying for people is being kind. Serving them is being kind. Using your resources to meet the practical needs of people is being kind. I know these aren’t things that always come naturally, so continually practice them and pray to the Lord that he would help you be kind.

Prayer

Father, I pray that you would help me form relationships with the people around me. Help me to see the needs of my community and the strangers around me so I can be kind and meet the practical needs of those who need a hand. Give me the courage and strength to value people as you value them. It’s in Jesus’s name I pray, amen.

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