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How can I show kindness to my neighbor in practical ways?

Acts 9:36There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha . . . She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor.

Proverbs 3:3Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.

True kindness is not a single act but a lifestyle. Begin showing kindness in the small things you do and say until you are truly kind in all situations.

Luke 10:30-33Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. . . . Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him.”

Deuteronomy 22:1If you see your neighbor’s ox or sheep or goat wandering away, don’t ignore your responsibility. Take it back to its owner.

Acts 3:6Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have.”

Kindness does not look the other way and ignore the needy. Instead, kindness is attentive to and responds sensitively to the needs of others.

Galatians 6:10Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone.

Acts 28:2The people of the island were very kind to us. It was cold and rainy, so they built a fire on the shore to welcome us.

Kindness looks for opportunities to help, such as times of trouble and hardship.

Colossians 3:12-13Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

Ephesians 4:32Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

1 Peter 3:9Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing.

Kindness is forgiving others, showing them grace and mercy, even if they don’t deserve it.

Matthew 5:42“Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.”

Isaiah 58:7“Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.”

Luke 3:11John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.”

Kindness is generously sharing what you have with others.

Romans 12:13When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

1 Peter 4:9Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.

Genesis 24:32So the man went home with Laban, and Laban unloaded the camels, gave him straw for their bedding, fed them, and provided water for the man and the camel drivers to wash their feet.

Kindness is shown by practicing hospitality.

2 Timothy 2:24A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.

2 Samuel 12:7-13Then Nathan said to David, “You are that man! . . . Why, then, have you despised the word of the Lord and done this horrible deed?” . . . Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

Galatians 2:11But when Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him to his face, for what he did was very wrong.

Kindness is different from niceness. Sometimes kindness requires that you teach important truths that may be unpopular. Sometimes kindness requires that we confront other believers who have sinned, with the hope that they will confess their wrongs and return to the Lord.

Proverbs 31:26When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.

Ephesians 4:29Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

Kindness is using encouraging, helpful words rather than foul or criticizing words.

Proverbs 31:20She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.

Kindness is helping those who cannot help you in return.

Matthew 10:42“And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.”

Your acts of kindness do not need to be major, award-winning events. God sees and rewards every act of kindness.