A Prayer for Kindness

The world can be a cold, cruel and lonely place. For many reasons, kindness can often be very hard to find. Proverbs 19:22 says, “What is desired in a man is kindness, and a poor man is better than a liar.”

Ruth knew all too well that the world could be a very cruel and lonely place. Her husband died, and she moved to another land with her mother-in-law, Naomi, where she knew no one. Naomi was also a widow, and the two women were alone as they traveled back to Naomi’s homeland.

Yet, it wasn’t long before the two women were overwhelmed with kindness. A man named Boaz, a relative of Naomi’s, had allowed Ruth to glean grain in his fields along with his workers. Boaz also protected Ruth and provided food and water to her while she worked in his field. Ruth and Naomi were both very grateful for his kindness.

In Ruth 2:10-11 we read, “Ruth fell at his feet and thanked him warmly. “What have I done to deserve such kindness?” she asked. “I am only a foreigner.”

“Yes, I know,” Boaz replied. “But I also know about everything you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband. I have heard how you left your father and mother and your own land to live here among complete strangers."

Ruth was reaping the kindness she had sown in the life of her mother-in-law, Naomi. The Bible reminds us in Galatians 6:7, “Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.”

Are you, like Ruth, planting a crop of kindness in the lives of others? If so, you will surely reap what you have planted.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for Your infinite loving kindness for us. Help us to plant a crop of kindness in the lives of everyone we meet and everyone we know.

Father, we are in need of kindness. Please help us to find kindness in this world. We know and believe that kindness exists. And, when we find it, help us to give back sevenfold for the kindness we have received.

Remind us always of Your kindness, Lord.

May we never let loyalty and kindness leave us (Proverbs 3:3). We thank You that Your Word promises that our kindness will reward us (Proverbs 11:17).

Forgive us for any cruelty we have exhibited, Father, and help us to be kind to others always.

We praise You and thank You for showing us Your ways.

In Your perfect, holy name we pray.