Loving Kindness

I have been realizing how far a little consideration goes, and how powerful a good-willed attitude is.

I have seen it firsthand among people that are scared and stressed out.

It funny because I’m usually the quiet guy.

I’m more prone to use gestures and whatnot to “speak”. Maybe it is the Italian in me.

Even then, a literal thumbs up goes a long way.

Why?

Because constant kindness is rare, and constant practice of good-will is contagious.

Maybe a one-off encounter with it isn’t going to blow someone’s mind.

But every day?

It goes far, and it can pierce through the muck of one’s sadness, depression, and suffering.

I have to wonder. How many people hold distrust kindness?

A good many, and justly so.

It is probably the most misused bait to gain trust. It is rare to be given (especially with tact), so when it is it is a good idea to check if it is sincere.

Nevertheless…

We need kindness as we need air.

But to truly accept it we must have an open heart.

We have to trust… at least to a point.

Kindness may be freely given, but my goodness. Accepting it “asks” a lot from us, and of us.

I would dare say that when it is kissed by the Spirit of God — and accepted — it has enough power of its own to heal and crack the hardest stone cold heart. Even if that takes a long time.

Or do you despise the riches of his goodness, forbearance, and patience, not knowing that the “kindness” of God leads you to repentance?

Romans 2:4, WEB

Any human can detect kindness, but to hate? You have to learn that, or not care that you do.

Thankfully the latter is much harder to find naturally occurring in life.

Many times others just want someone to listen to them and feel understood.

And believe me…

Listening is a kindness all its own. Especially when it is sincere.

Throw in a few personal anecdotes? You got a dark chocolate cake of grace for a person needing a flavor boost.

It isn’t hard to be nice. It is hard to be nice in the midst of negativity.

It isn’t hard to be sincere. It is sincerely hard to be sincere when others are not.

Nevertheless…

It is written that we are the salt of the earth, and the light of the world.

Loving-kindness is both of those things.

The one who chooses to bear it and spread it about holds a power beyond his comprehension.

The one who bore it the most and the fullest showed its world shaking and mind changing effectiveness – Christ Jesus.

Deep calls to deep at the noise of your waterfalls. All your waves and your billows have swept over me. Yahweh will command his loving kindness in the daytime. In the night his song shall be with me: a prayer to the God of my life.

Psalm 42:7-8, WEB

Now that is POWER baby!

Let’s go out and spread the light of his kindness, even if it only starts at first accepting it for ourselves.

So…

What kind of person shall you be?

I’ll let you decide.

Peace.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Blaine Keller says:

    Kindness may be the seed of agape love. Always be aware of being kind. I can’t count the number of comments I didn’t post on FB because they weren’t kind. Better to accept that we can’t change or control how people think but it never warrants being unkind.

    To not be kind is probably a form of judgement. Silence is preferable.

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    1. Aaron G says:

      I completely agree. When I was more angry in the past I was incredibly silent. Thankfully I got over that to a great degree.

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