Week 5 – Kindness – the habit that endears others
Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can read – Mark Twain. At the foot of the cross every person is equal. Every person is God’s creation and is to be treated accordingly. Matthew 25:35-36, 40 “For when I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed Me. I was naked and you gave Me clothing, I was sick and you took care of Me. I was in prison and you visited Me” ….”Truly I tell you, just as you did it to the least person, you did it to Me”
Kindness can be demonstrated by building people up. Every person in life needs to be built up. Romans 15:2 “We who are strong in the faith ought to help the weak in order to build them up in the faith.” When we encourage people it needs to be with sincerity. Don’t be vague with your encouragement but be specific. Work on making encouragement a habit.
Be tactful. Develop the ability to make a point without making an enemy. Move away from “telling it like it is”. Proverbs 15:4 “Kinds words bring life but cruel words crush your spirit”.
When confronting others, the genuine motive of the confrontation must be to help the other person succeed. Before confronting someone ask yourself why you are doing it. Are you saying it to help them succeed or because it will make you feel better to put them down? What is your motive? Will it make your relationship stronger or will it tear it down? Just think for a moment before you speak. Proverbs 15:23,28 “Everyone enjoys giving good advice, and how wonderful it is to be able to say the right thing at the right time! A good man thinks before he speaks. The evil man pours out his evil words without a thought”.
Go forward! Be kind to one another!