A Prayer for Kindness
By Emma Danzey
Proverbs 31:26 says, “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”
Kindness seems to be a lost art in our culture today. Although it is promoted a lot, true kindness can only come from the Holy Spirit. Sure, a person can do an act of kindness, but a person can truly only be kind because of the Holy Spirit in life. We are all by nature going to fall on the side of unkindness in heart, in mouth, and in action, but Jesus changes everything. He transforms our sinful states and gives us the ability to live like Him.
Do you struggle with showing kindness to others who are different from you? Do you have difficulty using kind words with loved ones? Are there unkind thoughts festering in your heart and mind? We can come to the Lord today in prayer, asking Him to transform us from the inside out.
God, You are perfectly kind. Thank You for Your lovingkindness that has been continuously shown to us. Thank You for Your help and Your encouragement to us when we have been undeserving. Would You please meet us in the areas of unkindness in our lives? Would You please help us to say no to our flesh and yes to the Spirit? We pray that the fruit of the Spirit's kindness would flourish. We ask that You would reveal ways we can grow.
Forgive us for not being kind to the people around us, for not being kind to ourselves even, and for neglecting this powerful way of living that honors You and blesses others. Remind us how to love well by being kind.
God, we know true kindness is not indifference and tolerance but sharing the truth in love. Help us to present hard truths when needed in compassionate ways with gracious words. We know that we all fall short of Your glory, and we pray for Your eyes in moments of difficult conversations to be able to communicate lovingly. For those who we disagree with, help us be kind. For those who we do not know, help us be kind. For those who we are closest with who see our worst, help us be kind. Lord, we cannot do this on our own; we need Your help.
Lord, You say in Galatians 6:9-10, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Part of showing kindness and living out this fruit of the Spirit is extending forgiveness to others. Would You please enable us to have softened hearts to show kindness to others when they let us down or hurt us? We have been forgiven so many times over by You, Jesus; help us to remember that as we grow in forgiving others.
We pray for kindness to young people. So often, it is easy to separate ourselves from children. Please help us to model Your love in the way we talk and act towards the least of these. Remind us that we have a ministry opportunity to point them to you by the kindness we show to them. Please give them insight into Your saving love through the ways that we treat them. Remove any temptation to be short-tempered as they are learning and growing. Take away any unkind thoughts or words that we are tempted to think or say to young people. Give us hearts for them as You have for them.
We ask lastly that You would help us to show kindness to those who are not kind to us. To those who hate us or treat us poorly, give us strength. Reveal ways that we can show genuine kindness by Your Holy Spirit. May the ways that we love them point to Your ultimate sacrifice for them. We pray that they would see You through our kindness because it is not natural; it is only from God.
Thank You for the gift to be kind. Thank You for the beauty of showing love and care for others. We pray that we would represent Your name well today and always. Amen.
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Emma Danzey’s mission in life stems from Ephesians 3:20-21, inspiring young women to embrace the extraordinary. One of her greatest joys is to journey with the Lord in His Scriptures. She is wife to Drew for over two years and mom to baby Graham. Drew and Emma serve with Upstate CRU college ministry in South Carolina. Emma is an avid writer for Salem Web Network and provides articles on the Bible, life questions, and on the Christian lifestyle. Her article on Interracial Marriage was the number 1 viewed article on Crosswalk for the year 2021. All the glory to the Lord! She had the joy of hosting Her Many Hats podcast where she explored the many roles that women play while serving One God. Most recently, Emma has released her first Bible Study Book, Wildflower: Blooming Through Singleness.
Emma enjoys singing/songwriting, fitness classes, trying new recipes, home makeover shows, and drinking tea! During her ministry career, Emma recorded two worship EP albums, founded and led Polished Conference Ministries, ran the Refined Magazine, and served in music education for early childhood. Emma also had the privilege of having been a national spokesperson for Mukti Mission based out of India. Mukti has been working to restore shattered lives in India for over 120 years. You can view her articles through her blog at emmadanzey.wordpress.com
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Originally published Saturday, 12 November 2022.