Today, treat everyone you meet as if they’re going to be dead by midnight. Extend all the kindness and understanding you can, and do it with no thought of any reward.
In every difficult interaction or conversation you have with others, whether that be from behind a pulpit or across the table at a coffee shop, remember that it was the unconditional love and kindness of God that drew you to repentance.
Let every word you speak drip with the same unconditional love and grace.
Grace has to be the loveliest word in the English language. It embodies almost every attractive quality we hope to find in others. Grace is a gift of the humble to the humiliated. Grace acknowledges the ugliness of sin by choosing to see beyond it. Grace accepts a person as someone worthy of kindness despite whatever grime or hard-shell casing keeps him or her separated from the rest of the world. Grace is a gift of tender mercy when it makes the least sense.
The real trouble is that ‘kindness’ is a quality fatally easy to attribute to ourselves on quite inadequate grounds. Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment. Thus a man easily comes to console himself for all his other vices by a conviction that ‘his heart’s in the right place’ and ‘he wouldn’t hurt a fly,’ though in fact he has never made the slightest sacrifice for a fellow creature. We think we are kind when we are only happy: it is not so easy, on the same grounds, to imagine oneself temperate, chaste, or humble.
It is the little things we do and say that means so much as we go our way. A kindly deed can lift a load from weary shoulders on the road.
The love is God is broader than the measures of man’s mind; and the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind.
With the help of grace, the habit of saying kind words is very quickly formed, and when once formed, it is not speedily lost. Sharpness, bitterness, sarcasm, acute observation, divination of motives, – all these things disappear when a man is earnestly conforming himself to the image of Christ Jesus. The very attempt to be like our dearest Lord is already a well-spring of sweetness within us, flowing with an easy grace over all who come within our reach.
A man who is wrathful with us is a sick man; we must apply a plaster to his heart – love; we must treat him kindly, speak to him gently, lovingly. And if there is not deeply-rooted malice against us within him, but only a temporary fit of anger, you will see how his heart, or his malice, will melt away through your kindness and love – how good will conquer evil. A Christian must always be kind, gracious, and wise in order to conquer evil by good.
Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence or learning.
God does not ask us to like everyone we meet but he does ask us to extend HIS compassion toward them. Kindness is a powerful weapon in the hands of one who has learned to love.