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noun | kind·ness | \ˈkīn(d)-nəs\
Webster 1828: 1. Good will; benevolence; that temper or disposition which delights in contributing to the happiness of others, which is exercised cheerfully in gratifying their wishes, supplying their wants or alleviating their distresses; benignity of nature. kindness ever accompanies love. 2. Act of good will; beneficence; any act of benevolence which promotes the happiness or welfare of others. Charity, hospitality, attentions to the wants of others, etc., are deemed acts of kindness or kindnesses
Merriam-Webster today: : the quality or state of being kind : a kind act
You guys have no idea how much I’ve been contemplating yesterday’s “article” and the events of the past few days. Looking at my own opinion and myself as much as anything.
But there is one thing that I know. Reactions are all across the board and for the most part, most throwing their opinion into the mix. Whether they mean to or not for the most part, it ends up spreading hate and ill-will instead of love. When I say “love”, I don’t mean the romantic kind in A N Y form or fashion. I’m talking about the love that only comes from God – the one that causes us to put others before ourselves.
Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit and it isn’t just being good.
Anytime there is a situation that involves even ourselves, but especially others, we should A L W A Y S give careful thought to the things we say.
One of the most important things that I have trouble putting into practice as an extrovert is the fact that, just because I may be right, doesn’t mean that I always have to say something. That thing might be for someone else.
Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, the media, or even someone’s personal blog, there are opinions E V E R Y W H E R E.
You see sometimes the best response, the most helpful, and the most effective is to not say anything at all. We feel, and this includes me, that the world N E E D S our opinion and that it can’t live without it.
Whether you believe as I do or not, there is one thing that the people of Orlando need right now.
They need prayer.
This world needs prayer. And in your prayer, God can show you what to say and how to act. Sometimes we make our first action to speak based on what we know, which may be the truth, but in reality we should always stop and pray.
I guess we give opinions because we feel we need to know why something happened. There is one thing I believe God does, He reveals things to different people on a need-to-know basis.
Something not everyone likes to hear.
This is Grif. He lived in my dorm and we met through friends and really just seeing each other. He’s from up North, but by the camo and/or boots he wears around campus, you’d never guess it.
In this picture, he kind or reminds me of a soldier with that sliver of the American flag in the background and his clothing.
There’s one other thing too, and it could be just me, but in this picture you can see some kindness in his eyes.
You see that’s part of what we should be showing now, and not just now but every day, is kindness. The scripture I used to end yesterday’s post mentioned “loving kindness”. That’s hard.
Maybe even harder than not sharing our opinion.
If we love kindness, there is some kind of outward representation of that. People W I L L see that and over time know something is different.
As a Christian, if I want to have any impact, a positive impact, on those around me. It’s something that I have to work towards. It is what the Lord requires of me.
So throughout the coming days, weeks, and months, as you’re scrolling through whatever feeds you may have...
And then do whatever God has called you to do.