“Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation.” 3:3-4
I find kindness incredibly underrated in the Christian culture I’m around. People really want to be right, instead of gracious. They want to be busy instead of available for hospitality.
But there is something to be said about just being likable. What makes someone likable? For me, it’s when someone shuts down gossip when it starts up. Stands up for someone who is being put down. Treating people gently, even when you’re being inconvenienced. Considering someone else’s needs before your own. These are all specific ways I can see the verse above be applied.
Look back on how you treated people today. Would you consider yourself wearing kindness and loyalty, draped around you like a scarf? Our reputation is important to God. What are you known for?