“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8 (AMP)
Kindness is a language the dumb can speak, the deaf can hear, and the blind can see.
Cultivating a kind heart is a challenge for any generation. Kindness takes time, yet we’re usually in a rush. Kindness requires us to empathize with others, yet we are by nature self-centered. Kindness calls for compassion, yet judgment typically comes more naturally. Kindness demands a forgiving attitude, yet we find revenge more appealing.
Others will always deserve our criticism because they will never fail to disappoint. Perhaps the biggest challenge to express kindness is when people injure other people. It could be an unkind word or when we were wronged. It may be when we are together with “impossible people”.
Nevertheless, kindness is what the Lord expects of us.
Expressing kindness will never cause us to have regrets even though they may be small. As one poet puts it:
I have wept in the night
For the shortness of sight,
That to somebody’s need made me blind:
But I never have yet
Felt a twinge of regret,
For being a little too kind. —Anonymous, quoted in John Lawrence, Down to Earth
Here are ten things that you will never regret doing:
- Showing kindness to an aged person.
- Destroying a letter written in anger.
- Offering an apology that will save a friendship.
- Stopping a scandal that was ruining a reputation.
- Helping a boy or girl find themselves.
- Taking time to show consideration to parents, friends, brothers and sisters.
- Refraining from gossip when others around you like it.
- Refusing to do a thing which is wrong, although others do it.
- Living according to your convictions.
- Accepting the judgment of God on any question.
Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations.
John Wesley had this for his rule of life:
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel.