What kindness can you find that is greater than kindness? You can accomplish many things by kindness, what you cannot by force. Being kind not only has a direct effect on others, but it has positive impact on you as well. There are varieties of ways that you can express kindness. Whether it is opening a door for someone or treating an aged person with care, it can have a greater impact than you think. It is one of the greatest attributes that someone can have; it is doing things for people not because of who they are or what they can do for you in return; not because they cannot but because you can (Luke 6: 35). “… and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again, and your reward shall be great….” Bob Kerrey said: “unexpected kindness is most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.”
Wherever there is human being, there is an opportunity for kindness. We cannot help everyone, but everyone can help someone. The Bible instructed that as Christians we are to “share belongings with our needy fellow Christians, and open our homes to strangers” (Rom.12:13). Kindness in words creates confidence; it brings healing to a dropping heart than balm or honey. It is often worth more than a great deal of money (Prov.15:15; 16:24). Kindness is like snow; it beautifies everything it covers. It is the language which the deaf and the blind can see. It makes you the most beautiful person in the world, no matter what you look like. Just let those around you know how much you care for them. You can do this by helping others through selfless acts (James 1: 27; Prov. 11: 17). Robert Ingersoll said: “We rise by lifting others.” Be nice to strangers; be nice even when it doesn’t matter. Treat everyone you meet as if he/she is going to die by midnight.
Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of reward. Your life will never be the same again. Pope Francis said: “Let us learn to live with kindness, to love everyone, even when they do not love us.” Every man is fighting a battle, whether you are with me or not, we are all facing something, therefore, be a little kinder than you are, treat everyone with respect and kindness.
Live simply, Love generously, care deeply, and speak kindly. “For we brought nothing into this world” and it is certain we can carry nothing out (1Tim. 6: 7).
I pray today that when an opportunity comes for me to show someone kindness; may I fail oh God.
Let every part of me (my mouth, eyes, thoughts etc.) show kindness to people.