November 3, 2021 –
“You cannot do kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Close to the top of the Bible’s virtuous character traits that describe qualities to nurture in ourselves and seek in our friends is kindness, the art of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
Kindness is loving people for who they are and not what you wish them to be. If all people were ideal, there would be a need for kindness. Kindness isn’t about you. It’s about giving more with no expectation of reward.
Low self-esteem causes many Christians to avoid acts of kindness. Because actions require involvement, they feel unworthy of helping someone else. But as Scott Adams said, “Remember, there’s no such thing as a minor act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”
Though love is the king of virtues, I think kindness is probably the easiest and fastest way to show love and experience the other virtues: joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. To be kind covers everything in my mind. If you’re kind, that’s it.