Acts of kindness pay off | Faith | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | September 3, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: August 30, 2017 at 9:59 am
Does being kind to others cost you anything? Is being kind to others going to hurt you in any way? Has being kind to others ever caused you to have sleepless nights? Will being kind to others cause a debilitating disease for you?
“A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself,” according to Proverbs 11:17 (ESV). Further, Romans 11:22 (ESV) records, “Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.”
There, you have it! Kindness doesn’t cost you a thing; if anything, it pays. Remember that once a word — especially one that is cruel — is uttered, it cannot be taken back. The person who is on the receiving end has been emotionally harmed, but in the long run, the spokesperson will be as well. This is confirmed in the aforementioned verses.
When you have a “chip on your shoulder,” don’t try to brush it off on someone else. Also, some of us are just naturally abrasive and need a reality check. The person to whom you are being cruel may be having a bad day. That individual may have just gotten some serious news from his doctor. Take in consideration that he may be grieving from a devastating loss of a loved one.
It has been said before: “Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively use words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.” Therefore, some things are sometimes better unsaid.
When we are kind to one another, we never know how that kindness will be repaid in a positive way to us. I have done kind things for others because it is in my heart to do so, and my God, the blessings that I have reaped. If I have said something to hurt someone and realize afterwards that is what I have done, I try to do all that I can to rectify it — because if I don’t, I’ll be “rewarded” for that too. When you have been unkind and you know it, do something about it, because you never know what tomorrow may bring. Don’t be sorry for not doing the right thing.
A little kindness, whether spoken or unspoken, can go a long way. Besides, it is the Christian thing to do.
Please share this illustration, “Jim and the Job” by Miranda McLean, about an act of kindness that wasn’t expected, but it helped a family to survive:
“My neighbor, Jim, had trouble deciding if he wanted to retire from the construction field, until he ran into a younger man he’d worked with previously. The young man had a wife and three children, and was finding it difficult to make ends meet, since he hadn’t worked in some time.
“The next morning, Jim went to the union office and submitted his retirement paperwork. As for his replacement, he gave them the name of the young man.
“That was six years ago, and that young husband and father has been employed ever since.”
Have a wonderfully blessed week, and never leave home without Him!
(Anna Bright is a minister and educator in Walterboro. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)