Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Secret Power of Kindness

Be Kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s hath forgiven you (Eph. 4:32 KJV).

In this short article, I would like to share with you a short story of a certain great, good man who wrote a beautiful essay “The Kingliness of Kindness.”

This great, good man tells of his experience stranded in a strange city late at night and in need of transportation between railroad stations. When he called the telephone operator for information, she provided it in rude and discourteous language. Later he called her back to thank her for the help. Apparently, it was something she rarely had happened to her and the change in her voice and her whole telephone personality indicated that the expression of his appreciation had uplifted her spirit. How simple it is to say thank you. Yet how much it means when spoken in sincerity!

The above story reminds us that a kind word is better than a big pie!

The word of God clearly explained “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1 NKJV).

Dear readers, when you are engaging in the conversation, always encourage yourself to say something good to somebody. Always bear in mind, to be patient and tactful in dealing with people. For you are not dealing with a people of logic but you are dealing with a people of emotions too!

If you don’t have a kind words to say, it is better to shut up your mouth than be an instrument of making other lives to become ruin because of your idle tongue. James, the disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ reminds you that “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless” (James 1:26 NIV).

Our Lord Jesus Christ warned “… if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck” (Mark 9:42 NKJV).

Dear readers always motivate your mind and mouth to practice giving honey instead of giving stings.

Remember your life is so short! Your life is like a vapor that appears for a moment and then disappears! Therefore, any good that you can do or any kindness you can show to any human being let you do it now. Let you not defer it or neglect it; for you shall not pass this way again.

For thousands of men breathe, move, and live pass off the stage of life and are heard no more. Why? They did not give a particle of good in the world. None were blessed by them. None could point to them as the instrument of their redemption. Their light went out in darkness and they were not remembered more than insects of yesterday. Will you live and die? Live for something!

Instead of giving stings to your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and strangers, why not encourage yourself to give them a honey! Why not encourage yourself to say these words when you are alone:

Dear Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; Where there is hatred, let me show love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy; Where there is an idle tongue, help me to keep away from them.

Before I conclude, don’t and don’t ever forget that the hardest thing to give is kindness; it’s always come back to the giver!

Wish you many blessings to come and God bless!

About the Author

Moises P. Reconalla is the School Guidance Counselor, College Instructor and Working Students Supervisor at North Davao College, Panabo City, Philippines.

Mr. Reconalla has taught several courses at the college including: Guidance and Counseling, General Psychology, Philippine History: Roots and Development, General Anthropology and Sociology, and Dr. Jose Rizal: Life, Works & Writings.

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