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Friday, November 2, 2012

Kindness




Kindness according to Wikipedia.
 
Kindness is the act or the state of being kind, being marked by good and charitable behavior, pleasant disposition, and concern for others. It is known as a virtue, and recognized as a value in many cultures and religions. Research has shown that acts of kindness do not only benefit receivers of the kind act, but also the giver, as a result of the release of neurotransmitters responsible for feelings of contentment and relaxation when such acts are committed.


Kindness in the bible. 


Kindness is compassionate.

* Put on then, as God chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.  Colossians 3:12. 

* Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  Galatians 6:2. 

* When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Matthew 9:36.  
         

Kindness seeks to be helpful.
          
* Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.  Galatians 6:10.


Kindness is being grateful.

* Sing to the Lord with grateful praises.  Psalm 147:7a

*But he gives more grace.  Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6


Kindness looks for the good in others.

* But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.  Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.  Luke 6:35

* Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.   Matthew 5:42.

* Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.  Ephesians 4:29.

* Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.  Proverbs 14:21.


Kindness shows forgiveness and mercy.

* Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you.  Ephesians 4:32

* Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.  1 Peter 3:8
          
* For if you forgive others their trespasses, your Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14.


Kindness is treating others as God treats us.

Examples of Jesus showing Kindness:

1.    John 2:1-11- Jesus changes water into wine.  This may not be for big reasons     but it was an act of kindness.

2.    Luke 5:12-16- Jesus heals a man of leprosy.  This is to the max of kindness!!

3.    John 6- Jesus feeds the 5,000

God’s Greatest KINDNESS

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16





Love is patient and kind;
love does not envy or boast;
it is not arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice at wrongdoing,
but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7




How can you show kindness?

   1.    Listen to others
   2.    Say hi to someone
   3.    Be polite
   4.    Give encouragement to someone
   5.    Help someone who is struggling with school work
   6.    Remember everyone is different
   7.    See the best in everyone
   8.    Cheer someone up when they are having a day
   9.    Respect others property
   10. Allow others to speak their minds
   11. Acknowledge peoples successes
   12. Volunteer to clean up at lunch
   13. Pick someone up who doesn’t have a car or struggling with money for gas
   14. Pay for someone’s lunch
   15. Open the door for someone
   16. Send someone a letter in the mail
   17. Smile at someone
   18. Tip a waitress or waiter more than they would expect
   19. Buy a sandwiches for those who are hungry
   20. Take a picture for a tourist
   21. Help someone succeed
   22. Put someone’s cart away in a parking  lot
   23. Cut a neighbors grass
   24. Send a gift anonymously
   25. Give your seat up to a random person
   26. Pick up trash on the side of the road
   27. Tell someone how much you appreciate them
   28. Donate books to a library
   29. Give someone a care package
   30. Let someone go in front of you in line
   31. Mentor a kid
   32. Make a blanket for someone
   33. Read to an elderly person
   34. Read to a child
   35. Pick up after yourself at home
   36. Do the dishes without anyone asking you to
   37. Send flowers to someone
   38. Help out with yard work
   39. Call or visit someone sick
   40. Coach a youth sport team
   41. Donate clothes
   42. Help someone load or unload their groceries
   43. Shovel a person’s driveway for them
   44. Bake someone a cake
   45. Offer someone a piece of gum
   46. Help someone move
   47. Make a positive comment on a website or blog
   48. Give someone a phone card
   49. Let someone get in front of you when you’re driving
   50. Help keep your school clean 


This is just 50 things out of a million things you could and should do to show kindness. 



How are you going to show kindness this weekend?