Christmas is a time when we can celebrate the kindness that God has shown to us. He came to the Earth as a human baby, lived a completely perfect life, and went on to die so that we could receive the most incredible gift of life. And what better way to celebrate that than unwrapping that kindness this Christmas season?
Titus 3:3-5 says, “Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. But—When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.”
Even though we have messed up over and over again, God still shows us kindness. Later on in Titus 3, Paul wrote, “This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.” It is good for us to give kindness to all people. That is what God has done for us—we don’t receive His gift of salvation based on anything that we have or haven’t done.
When we let Him, the Holy Spirit changes our nature so that we can become more like Christ and show kindness to all people, whether or not we think they deserve it. Kindness is good for everyone!
And it can be done in 15 second moments that will create a movement of kindness all around us. This is how we change our communities and our world. Colossians 4:5 says, “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.” You can make the most of every day with those 15 second moments of kindness.
The holidays can be a stressful, tense time of the year. The church should be the launching pad of kindness throughout the world—show the world some of God’s amazing kindness this Christmas. And then get on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook (#unwrapkindness) to share your 15 second moment and challenge others to do the same!
For instructions, stories, and examples of Unwrap Kindness, visit unwrapkindness.com