Showing Kindness

Husband bringing breakfast to wife in bed

"Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?" 2 Samuel 9:3

    How do you intentionally show kindness to others?
    Why do many married couples show kindness to other people more frequently than they do to each other?
    What are some ways we can be especially kind to each other every day?

When a husband and wife are getting to know each other, the extra special kindness they show each other comes easily and naturally. But as the years pass, that kindness often falls by the wayside. In a life busy with children, jobs, errands and volunteering, we can get comfortable, trusting that our spouse will always be around. We may believe there's no need — and no time — to go out of our way to show kindness. In 2 Samuel, King David went to great lengths to find a descendant of Saul, so he could show the kindness of God to him. Like this great king, we should look for opportunities to be kind, knowing that these loving actions strengthen our marriage.

This article first appeared in the April/May 2016 issue of Focus on the Family's Thriving Family magazine.

Copyright © 2016 Focus on the Family.

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