A Little Kindness by Michelle Chiang (aka voodooxfishy)
Micah 6:8 NRSV
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness. – Mother Teresa, A Gift for God: Prayers and Meditations
Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for living in someone’s skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me unless there is peace and joy finally for you too. – Frederick Buechner, Beyond Words
Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again. -Og Mandino
If you have not often felt the joy of doing a kind act, you have neglected much,
and most of all yourself. – A. Neilen
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. – Mark Twain
Proverbs 21:21 NRSV
Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life and honor.
Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.
– Charlie Chaplin, in ‘The Great Dictator’
Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
– Joseph Joubert
Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings.
A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.
-Steve Maraboli, A Savior At the Grocery Store
1 Samuel 20:14 NIV
…show me unfailing kindness like that of the LORD as long as I live…
Hidden in simple kindness is the power to change a situation, change a life, change the world. What is God’s power in the world, even the power to create the universe, but God’s overflowing kindness? All the great spiritual teachers tell us this: that loving kindness is not a little thing, or even an ordinary thing. It is a superpower.
– Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Kindness
Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. – Dalai Lama
Lord, Make Me Kind
ONE SPEAKING: Jeremiah 31:3 NIV
The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying:
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with loving-kindness.
ALL SINGING: Jesus’ Hands Were Kind Hands, verse 1
Jesus’ hands were kind hands, doing good to all,
Healing pain and sickness, blessing children small,
Washing tired feet, and saving those who fall;
Jesus’ hands were kind hands, doing good to all.
ONE SPEAKING: Colossians 3:12 NIV
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,
gentleness and patience.
ALL SINGING: Jesus’ Hands Were Kind Hands, verse 2
Take my hands, Lord Jesus, let them work for you;
Make them strong and gentle, kind in all I do.
Let me watch you, Jesus, till I’m gentle too,
Till my hands are kind hands, quick to work for you.
For a post entitled Compassion, click here
For a post entitled Little Things, Great Love, click here
For more from today’s featured artist Michelle Chiang (aka voodooxfishy), click here
Jesus’ Hands Were Kind Hands (United Methodist Hymnal #273) Words by Margaret Cropper © 1979, Stainer & Bell, Ltd. (admin. Hope Publishing Company)
Lord, Make Me Kind compilation © 2012 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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