Today, I will be talking about the importance of kindness.
Read Ephesians 4:17-32 (in ESV- click here for passage).
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”Ephesians 4:32
We all have influence. Influence over ourselves and others. We set an example for those around us. The question is, are we setting a good example?
What exactly does example mean?
1. a thing characteristic of its kind or illustrating a general rule.
2. a person or thing regarded in terms of their fitness to be imitated or the likelihood of their being imitated.
1. be illustrated or exemplified.
We illustrate the kind of person we are. We set examples. As long, as the example we are setting (the picture we are illustrating) for others, is something we would be proud of, something God would be proud of, I’d say it’s a good example.
Our opinion of ourself matters. The way we think of our actions and choices matters. If we care about the way we present ourself and the example we are setting, we should make sure we are setting the best example we can.
I think the saying above perfectly applies itself to what I am talking about. Just as my “Bible Verse of the Week” says below, the kindness we give to ourselves, is automatically displayed toward others. If we show ourselves kindness, we display kindness, and therefore, are treated with kindness. If not, we are only hurting ourselves (Proverbs 11:17).
We all have a certain charisma. People notice things. They notice how we act, how we talk, etc. They notice whether we display kindness or not. Personally, I notice these things in people. I’ll think to myself, “Oh, she’s so nice!” or “I don’t want to associate myself with someone so negative.” As humans, we are quick to judge. So, let the people who judge us, notice kindness.
One of Disney’s campaigns is “Choose Kindness” (click here for more information). People notice. Disney noticed; they noticed that we all need kindness in our lives! Just remember that whatever we do, someone is always seeing the example we are setting. So, let us set one we would be proud of. Let us set an example God would be proud of. Let us be kind!
Bible Verse of the Week:
“A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.” ⌁Proverbs 11:17
Stay tuned for my next post (coming soon- 4.1.19) on “Learning to Love Yourself”. I also have an exciting announcement coming in April that involves a serious change (for the better). I cannot wait to share the news with y’all!
Okay you rocked it. Kindness is the key to a godly life. You are so on target,always treat others as you’d want to be treated. What a better world we’d have if kindness ruled. So excited about what’s coming next.
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You are so right…..kindness is so important to our happiness and the happiness of others.
Check out this neat non-profit in Tucson called Ben’s Bells that focuses on spreading kindness….through education and recognizing kindness:
Recent research demonstrates that kindness benefits our physical and mental health, and that recognizing kindness in others increases a person’s happiness and satisfaction. But just as solving a calculus problem requires advanced math skills, the challenges of daily life require advanced kindness skills. By focusing on kindness and being intentional in our personal interactions, we can improve our ability to connect. The mission of Ben’s Bells is to inspire individuals and communities to engage in kindness education and practice.
Excited to hear your news! I think I know what it is, but excited your take on it!😃😃
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Oh, wow! That’s amazing! I love seeing how organizations have impacted lives as Ben’s Bell has.
Yes, I do think you know, but you’ll have to wait and see ;))
Love your post and couldn’t agree more with you! Everyday is an opportunity to make a difference in others lives. Sometimes we get busy or have a lot on our minds and forget the influence we have regardless our circumstances. As always great post
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Hi Maddy Grace🦋
I love this post! If you were being bullied in grammar school, middle school, or high school it’s hard to stay kind to the bullies.
You must practice to be kind even when you don’t want to!!!
Staying away from them is hard, but praying for them would help.
I love you☘️❤️☘️ MiMi
Great message, Madison!
Another great message Madison! Can’t wait for your next one. I think I have an idea.