Are You Fluent in Kindness?

Are You Fluent in Kindness?

The Greek word for kindness has its origin in the smaller word, chre, “to lend.” It’s not hard to see how the idea of kindness evolved from the act of lending. In today’s hustle and bustle, division and divisiveness, it is easy to move through the day disconnected from our capacity to be kind. I am happy to be reminded of the forthcoming quotes.  However, much to my chagrin, I do not always practice the principle of kindness.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

Mark Twain


“Kindness is a grace that all can understand.” J.C. Ryle

Kindness is the universal language that is comprehended beyond any boundaries. Each and every individual understands and speaks this language. An act of kindness never goes futile. If we are kind to someone, it will be reflected in our behavior. Being kind to others makes this world a better place to live.

A need, giving, and kindness are linked together intimately in the Holy Bible.

John 3:16 states:  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  

God saw our need and gave us His Son as the remedy. God’s Son is actually referred to as “the kindness of God.” Jesus appearing on earth was not only evidence of kindness, He was kindness itself; He was kindness incarnate.

God sent kindness Himself to earth to save us. In a day when it appears there is little kindness on earth, it is good to remember that God’s love was demonstrated by kindness. Let us think of ways we can be kindness to someone in need today!

 You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.                                                                             ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson