The more we study the life of Jesus the more we should desire to act like Him. He was described in Hebrews 1:3 in this way: “who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person…” This means literally that Jesus was the “imprint” of God in the flesh. If we want to see a picture of God, we look to our Lord Jesus. One of the most notable characteristics about the Christ was his kindness. Kindness is defined as “having or showing a friendly, generous, and considerate nature” (emphasis added). This is most true of our Lord.
Jesus was friendly. Proverb 18:23 reads, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly…” If we seek to be like Jesus, we will want to be as friendly as he was. In fact His friendliness was a cause of concern to many of the religious leaders of His day because of the friends he chose. “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners! ’ But wisdom is justified by her children” (Matthew 11:19). Also Matthew 9:10-11 reads “Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners.” Jesus’ response was very apt; “When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Matthew 9:12-13).
In trying to be like Jesus we want to be friendly, not only to those already in the Flock, but to those who are considered sinners. Not to be influenced to sin along with them, but to show them the light of God’s word. Paul put it this way: “I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world” (1 Cor 5:8).
Being kind is not a strange teaching in scripture. It goes hand in hand with the description of God Jesus gave us. “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil” (Luke 6:35).
I will leave the application on how to be kind and friendly like Jesus up to you, but here is one reminder of our motive; “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).