|Kindness— A Simple Act with a Big Impact|

Okay, so it’s nothing new that our world is chaotic and demanding; getting caught up in our uncertainties and perplexities is easy. We may lose sight of the simple yet profound virtues that can bring healing and peace to our lives and strengthen our relationships. Ephesians 4:32 encourages us to:

Kindness is a choice. We can choose to do it in every interaction, whether big or small. When we choose kindness, we intentionally extend warmth, gentleness, and understanding to those around us. This creates an atmosphere of acceptance and love that can melt away the walls of division and nurture deep connections.

Kindness is a virtue; it’s a beautiful quality that we can all try to embody. It is about being considerate, helpful, and understanding towards others. Nevertheless, kindness isn’t enough. We also need to be compassionate. 

Compassion is a deeper form of kindness. It is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another person. When we are compassionate, we put ourselves in the shoes of others and try to see the world from their perspective. We also feel a sense of empathy for their pain and suffering, and we are motivated to help them.

The journey towards kindness and compassion is not always easy. We are imperfect beings and will inevitably make mistakes, misunderstand, and even hurt each other. However, it is in these moments that forgiveness becomes essential.

Forgiveness is releasing resentment, bitterness, and the desire for revenge. It is a process of healing and restoration that allows us to move forward and rebuild broken relationships. When we forgive, we are not saying that what happened was okay. We are simply saying that we will no longer let the past hold us hostage.

Forgiveness is a journey, not a destination. It is something that we have to work on every day. But it is a journey that is worth taking. When we forgive, we free ourselves from anger and resentment. We open ourselves up to the possibility of healing and restoration. And we become more like the people we want to be: kind, compassionate, and forgiving.

Cultivating kindness, compassion, and forgiveness is a lifelong journey. It requires intentionality and practice, especially when we face challenging circumstances or encounter those who have hurt us deeply. However, we can find solace and strength in knowing we are not alone. God, the source of all kindness, compassion, and forgiveness, walks with us in this journey, empowering us to embody these virtues.

|In A Word|

May you be encouraged to embrace the ever-changing vibrancy of kindness, compassion, and forgiveness. I pray these virtues may shape your relationships, bring healing to your heart, and inspire those around you to seek a path of love and reconciliation.

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  1. Kindness truly blesses everyone. 🙂 Have a wonderful and blessed day!

    1. Sending Happy 4th of July wishes to you and your family.

  2. Kindness is a choice which we must choose daily.

  3. Great reminder! Kindness can be a challenge, esp when we had a trying day. But so important to just keep shining that light, no matter how we feel. Have a great week (Sunshine Sunday)

    1. Thank you Amy. And you are so right.

  4. What a wonderful post! It is so true – kindness is a choice!

  5. It’s definitely an uncelebrated virtue!

  6. So many impactful ideas here – You have enriched and laid out the multi-dimensions of kindness. I cannot imagine kindness without a forgiving heart. When I think of the kind people – they are warmth and sunshine, comfort and encouragement – all genuine. Without forgiveness saturating their souls, I visualize kindness wrapped in sandpaper. Unforgiveness is indeed a hostage taker. There’s a whole post there just in that idea – maybe a book!

  7. Paula, you’re so right. Kindness requires us to choose intentionality, especially when others are not kind toward us. I like how you share how kindness, compassion, and forgiveness braid together for a multi-faceted way of becoming more like Jesus.

  8. Your kindness is apparent in the words you write on your blog. I hope you have a wonderful Independence Day!

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  10. Kindness and a smile, both universal no matter what language you speak ♥ Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedLinkParty 119. Pinned.

  11. This is a great reminder, Paula. I often move through life so busy that I don’t even think about what is going on with people around me. Thus, kindness may not just happen; it is something I need to be more intentional about.

  12. You are so right, Paula, that kindness is a choice we will make and it is not a one and done thing. We will need to make this choice repeatedly throughtout the day. Reading Ephesians 4:32 and seeing the word “instead” was thought provoking. Kindness is a springboard for other much needed qualities and you have beautifully guided us to see the progression.

  13. Such a wonderful reminder. Kindness, compassion and empathy are some of the virtues I am working so hard to instill regularly in my children. Thank you for sharing, and linking up with tell it to me tuesday.

  14. This world definitely needs more kindness and we all need to do our part! Even the smallest acts– like a smile can make a huge difference sometimes.

  15. This is a deep truth, Paula, “Cultivating kindness, compassion, and forgiveness is a lifelong journey which requires intentionality and practice.” By the grace of God, we will continue to cultivate each of these – all the days of our lives.

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