Romans 12:10, “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love”
Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another”
In a world where callous thoughtlessness and selfish indifference are all too common, kindness can make our lives fruitful when motivated by Christlike love. When our walk harmonizes with our words of witness, it will make a compelling impact on others by pointing them to the kind of love God has for them in Jesus Christ. Do you show acts of kindness to those individuals that are a part of your life by what you say to them or do for them? Even the smallest act of kindness can make an unbelievably and profound difference in the lives of not only the recipients, but also to the giver. Simple, unassuming kindness toward the people and the life around us brings both immediate and lasting rewards. The simple kindnesses you express to others will also benefit you abundantly.
They lighten your spirit and bless your heart. Kindness offered without question or motive enriches the giver. The small acts of kindness we perform can create huge amounts of happiness in the lives of others. There’s no need to be stingy with dispensing kindness, for unlike money, you won’t run out of it by giving it away. Just the opposite, the more you give away, the more you will receive. You know those thoughtful words you want to say to someone who has been especially nice? Or maybe that encouraging note you plan to write to a friend who seems a little down? You might want to do those acts of kindness now, because you never know when it might be too late.
As we think about taking action on our kind intentions, we can most certainly learn form Charles R. Farnsworth, a successful businessman who encouraged his employees … just in time. Although Mr. Farnsworth didn’t normally sign his employees’ paychecks, he did so in September 1994. The regular signatories were out of the office, so he took over the task himself. When he signed the checks, Mr. Farnsworth took the extra time and effort to attach a personal note to each check, expressing thankfulness to his employees for their service to his company. The next day Charles Farnsworth died unexpectedly, but not before he had personally given a final word of thanks in those notes to everyone in his employment.
George Sand (1804 – 1876) said this about kindness, “Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” Aesop (620 BC – 560 BC) said this, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) said this of kindness, “The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, and luxury have always seemed to me contemptible.”
Speaking so eloquently on the subject of kindness, Princess Diana said this, “Perhaps we’re too embarrassed to change or too frightened of the consequences of showing that we actually care. But why not risk it anyway? Begin today! Carry out an act of kindness, with no expectation of reward or punishment. Safe in the knowledge that one day, someone somewhere might do the same for you.” Moreover, within the Scriptures one can find many examples of kindness. The Apostle Paul is the one which stands out in my mind when when he closed his letter to the Romans, where he publicly commended those who had helped and encouraged him in the work of the gospel. He not only greeted them by name, but he also expressed his gratitude for what they had done for him (Romans 16:1-5). What an example for all of us to follow.
My beloved, one of the best evidences of our faith in Jesus Christ is our kindness to others (John 13:35; Romans 12:10). Do you owe someone a word of thanks or appreciation? If so, don’t put it off. Say it today for tomorrow may be too late. I leave you with the following thought-provoking words penned by an unknown author:
I would rather have one little rose from the garden of a friend,
Than to have the choices flowers when my stay on earth must end.
I would rather have a pleasant word in kindness said to me,
Than flattery when my heart is still, and life has ceased to be.
I would rather have a loving smile from friends I know are true,
Than tears shed around my casket when to this world I bid adieu.
Bring me all your flowers today, whether pink, or white, or red;
I’d rather have one blossom now than a truckload when I’m dead.
You can’t speak a kind word too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.