Being part of a simple church makes it possible for us to better live out the “one another” passages of the New Testament. In Ephesians 4:32 we are told to “be kind to one another.” As Christ followers, kindness should be a characteristic of our lives directed toward everyone and specifically should be expressed among members of the family of faith.

Being kind to one another is not a random thing. It is something that is to permeate and flow from our lives regularly on a daily basis.

Kindness is more than restraining from doing unkind things. It is a positive, outward and practical demonstration of our love for one another.

When the body of Christ gathers together kindness should be visibly practiced. It should also be present whenever we do life together. It is to be evident wherever we go.

Here are 5 characteristics of kindness:

1. Kindness is being aware of the needs of others and meeting those needs

(Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. – Philippians 2:4 NIV)

2. Kindness is using words to build up one another

(An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up. – Proverbs 12:25 NIV)

3. Kindness keeps the peace

(And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. – 1 Timothy 2:24 NIV)

4. Kindness is always looking for an opportunity to do good

(Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. – Galatians 6:10)

5. Kindness does not retaliate

(Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. – 1 Thessalonians 5:15 NIV)

When someone who is seeking to know what it means to follow Christ comes into our meetings will she see us being kind to one another?

Be aware of opportunities to show kindness to one another then next time your simple church, cell group or small group gathers.

Grace and Peace,


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