Kindness: the balm of life

Kindness is a considerate and respectful treatment of others.

Kindness is a quality that directly affects our relationships. We are losing this quality in these days of rush, indifference and anger. We have lost warmth and friendliness.

A kind word, a kind action, can make a difference in the life of a person. Kindness comes from the word chrestotes, which means moral excellence, and chrestos, which means to improve, to perfect. Another word for kindness is ahathosune, a kindness that is an action, an activity. It means a useful kindness in two aspects: to avoid or diminish cruelty or evil, or to help when there is need. These two aspects of kindness are very powerful.

Kindness is a demonstration of love. Sometimes we think that it is impossible to love all the time, but do you know? You can be kind and respectful all that time. And that is love in action. Think more of being kind. Love, as we know, is a decision, not an emotion. And it translates into kindness.

The Bible tells us in Ephesians 4:32 NIV “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Kindness and compassion provoke excellent consequences, like forgiveness.

What does kindness mean?

It’s the quality of respect and consideration. It is a grace that maintains good relationships with others.

It’s the quality of the heart that expresses itself in an attitude of service.

It’s being hospitable and considerate towards others, starting with our families.

The attitude of kindness is to give without impositions, without expecting anything in exchange, with no conditions. Kindness does not depend on the reaction of others: you are kind and respectful no matter how others treat you.

Think about how more kindness in your life could bless and encourage others, in your work, your marriage, with your children, with those you meet.

ASK YOURSELF TWO QUESTIONS

How can I be kinder in my daily life?

What stops me from being kinder? Some obstacles are impatience, resentment, or anger.

Kindness is lacking these days. That is why kindness is needed more than ever. And make your kindness not only an attitude but an action.

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