2. Have a Reputation for Kindness.
It’s hard to be taken seriously as a Christian if you’re causing scenes all over town. How do you treat workers when you are serviced in public? How do you talk to your spouse or about your spouse online or with your friends?
People take notice of your words and behaviors. If you have a reputation for rudeness, grumpiness, hatefulness, and other “negative-ness” words, people aren’t going to listen when you talk about your faith.
This is especially important if you live in a small town or close-knit community. Here are some ways to have a reputation for kindness:
- Always be polite and courteous to workers and wait-staff.
- Avoid drama (especially on facebook). The internet shouldn’t be treated as perpetual high school.
- Avoid gossip and slander.
- Talk about others with the utmost respect.
- Don’t post demeaning statuses on social media or share things to stir up controversy.
I can’t tell you how many times I used basic manners and it was noticed and appreciated. One time I was at a Black Friday shopping event with a friend. When the whistle was blown and the chaos started, an employee was knocked into a clothing rack and all of the coats on the rack went toppling into the floor. I couldn’t believe it. I stopped and helped her and picked them up. Told her to have a good day. I was back in that very store two months later. She spotted me, walked over to me, and asked me if I was a Christian. I told her I was. She told me she knew I had to be because no one else stopped to help her that day. Never underestimate the power of courtesy and kindness.
God’s words about Kindness:
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. ~ Colossians 3:12