A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings disaster on himself. – Proverbs 11:17 HCSB

kindness.newlifeKindness builds character just as surely as hatred destroys it. But kindness doesn’t always come easy. When we are discouraged, tired, or afraid, we can scarcely summon the energy to utter a single kind word. But, God’s commandment is clear: He intends that we make the conscious choice to treat others with kindness and respect, no matter our circumstances, no matter our emotions.

In the busyness and confusion of daily life, it is easy to lose focus, and it is easy to become frustrated. We are imperfect human beings struggling to manage our lives as best we can, but we often fall short. When we are distracted or disappointed, we may neglect to share a kind word or a kind deed. This oversight hurts others, but it hurts us most of all.

Today, slow yourself down and be alert for people who need your smile, your kind words, or your helping hand. Make kindness a centerpiece of your dealings with others. They will be blessed, and you will be, too.

When you weave the thread of kindness into the very fabric of your life, you’ll be strengthening your character, but that’s not all. You’ll also be giving glory to the One who gave His life for you. As you plan for the day ahead, remember this: kind words cost nothing, but when they’re spoken at the right time, they can be priceless.

– Steve Arterburn

Be so preoccupied with good will that you haven’t room for ill will. – E. Stanley Jones

When you extend hospitality to others, you’re not trying to impress people, you’re trying to reflect God to them. – Max Lucado

If we’re to love people like we should, our hearts have to be as pleasant toward them as our appearances are. Otherwise, we’re living a lie. – Mary Hunt

The mark of a Christian is that he will walk the second mile and turn the other cheek. A wise man or woman gives the extra effort, all for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. – John Maxwell

When you launch an act of kindness out into the crosswinds of life, it will blow kindness back to you. – Dennis Swanberg