Friday, July 8, 2011

True kindness is contagious

By Theresa Montminy,

Kindness is defined as an attitude or action that benefits others.  It is directed toward others, enjoyed by others, and edifying for others.  Cruelty, too, is defined as something directed toward others.  But those who seek a peace-filled life . . . reconcile hurt with random acts of kindness.

Just as patience ironically promotes those who are most reluctant to promote themselves, so kindness builds up those who are most interested in building up others.  Cruel people try to give themselves a boost by harming others, but the strategy backfires.  Harming others will eventually cause trouble for the cruel person.  Likewise, kindness will eventually be returned to the kind.  People who help others resolve conflict ~ also help themselves and so does God.  Blessed are the Peacemakers!

But we must be careful how we define kindness.  True kindness will prompt a person to speak the truth in love.  No one would question Jesus’ kindness, but it could be a very confrontational kindness toward those who distort truth and righteousness.  A wise person will accept that: “Let a righteous man strike me ~ it is a kindness; let him rebuke me, it is oil on my head,” wrote David.  Kindness is an intentional effort to pursue what is good for another person.

Have people been unkind to you?  There is a chance that the reason lies within yourself . . . not that you are unworthy of the kindness of others, but perhaps you have not made an effort to be kind.  A person reaps what he sows and if one has sown kindness, he will reap it as well.

Perhaps others take your kindness for granted.  God will not!  An unbiblical saying asserts that God helps those who help themselves.  Biblical truth says that God helps those who help others. 

True peace is found in the heart that is inclined toward Him, though it may go through hardship and pain, a heart at peace knows the true joy of reconciliation.  As Christians we are called to place every hope in Him.  He is our source of strength.  Our heart does not need to fear, because we are children of the fearless One.

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