...and the law of kindness is on her tongue.
Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit and comes with the grace that we give to others knowing that we could be in the same situation as them if tables turned. In giving this grace, we enrich our own lives.
Amelia Earhart once said: "A single act of kindness throws roots in all directions and the roots spring up and make new trees."
The other fruits of the spirit can only be shown towards others through kindness. Unless we choose to be kind, our love can not be seen because kindness is the action that reaches out to others and makes an impact. It melts the heart of the receiver but at the same time affects the heart of the giver in ways that are inexplicable.
When we are 'long-suffering' towards others, we are being kind because it would have been unkind to rush them off their feet and leave them flustered and anxious. When we choose to be joyful, we unintentionally affect those that surround us, infecting them with joy. I’ve seen it when I'm driving and another driver gives way to me; they did not have to but they did anyway. I have noticed in turn, that when I come across someone who needs to be given way, out of courtesy, I gladly do because in essence, giving is contagious.
It's an act of giving. Without giving, we cannot be kind because in kindness we give, not only of our material possessions but of ourselves, our time and our attention without looking to be repaid. In this, our relationships develop and cannot be broken.
Treating others how you want to be treated is one of the easiest ways to display your God-like-heart.
Tensions in relationships are broken through acts of kindness hence Jesus spoke to us and said we must love our enemies, do good to those that hurt and persecute us. That seems like a tall order when it comes to my table because the natural me wants to avenge myself, to be spiteful, to show that I have some 'muscle to flex' as well but as the golden law says ‘do to others as you would have them do to you’ Luke 6:31.Treating others how you want to be treated is one of the easiest ways to display your God-like-heart.
Proverbs 12:25 says, ‘anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. In this season, let us go out and support the downtrodden and the anxious in this unpredictable time of the coronavirus and show love, kindness, speak a word of life and do an act of kindness.
My life was greatly impacted when I joined a group of volunteers in my local area whose job was to run errands for those that were shielding from the virus. They had to stay at home and in some cases, most of their days were filled with anxiety.
People will forget what you said, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
I received a call one morning to attend to an elderly couple who needed groceries. I got their details from the volunteer bank and then called them. They gave me their list and all the while, they were very apologetic about needing my help. I went to the supermarket and got all the items they needed.
On arrival at their residence, I was met by the elderly gentleman at the door, he had tears in his eyes and all he could say was ‘thank you, we can now have some fresh food’. It was in that moment that I discovered that they had gone without for a couple of weeks. I left that house feeling fulfilled and rearing for my next task as I realised what an impact this gift of kindness had on the recipients.More so, as it is kindness that comes as a fruit of the one that lives in me and who is the life-giver.
His impact gives life to the lifeless when we allow Him to work through us. Mother Teresa once said:
The poverty of the West is loneliness and indifference. There is hunger for ordinary bread and there is hunger for love, for kindness and for thoughtfulness – and this is the great poverty that makes people suffer so much.