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Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. – Mother Teresa

In the last few days I’ve talked about how our words, and how we say them can impact other people’s lives, and not necessarily for the better!

Today’s thought is far more positive as you have hopefully realised by the quote from Mother Teresa I shared at the start of this post. It’s easy for us to kind, we only need to say a few words but those kind words may be the thing that makes a huge difference to the person we say them to.

For example, someone may be having a really difficult time, struggling with life or health issues, and may feel as if no one really cares about them or how they are feeling. So imagine the boost they will get when someone says a few kind words of encouragement to them.

We may never fully appreciate or realise the impact our words may have on someone, so let’s make sure the words we use and the way we say them, are ones of encouragement and support.

What is the purpose or aim of our time here on earth?

Are we here to simply get by, or only do things which we can see will benefit ourselves?

I hope and pray that I can be the kind of person described in this picture

Let’s all try and add value to every situation we find ourselves in by being or doing just what those around you need you to be.

Have you ever wondered how God feels when we treat others the way he expects and wants us to? I guess he would feel just the same way we would when we see someone we know or love reaching out in kindness to another person.

In Philippians 2:1-2 (TPT) we find out how God feels:

Look at how much encouragement you’ve found in your relationship with the Anointed One! You are filled to overflowing with his comforting love. You have experienced a deepening friendship with the Holy Spirit and have felt his tender affection and mercy. So I’m asking you, my friends, that you be joined together in perfect unity—with one heart, one passion, and united in one love. Walk together with one harmonious purpose and you will fill my heart with unbounded joy.

Just as we would be filled with joy to see someone we know showing love and kindness to another person, so God would be filled with joy.

It’s great to know that things that even we do, make God happy isn’t it? So let’s not disappoint Him, let’s make sure we keep on trying to live in harmony with one another, showing love and kindness without question, or expecting anything in return.

We live in a world where crime, intolerance and hatred seem to be all we hear about on the news. So we need some good news. The good news is that if we can tell the world about Jesus, we can once again live in a world where man loves his fellow-man.

Now, this is the goal: to live in harmony with one another and demonstrate affectionate love, sympathy, and kindness toward other believers. Let humility describe who you are as you dearly love one another. ~ 1 Peter 3:8 (The Passion Translation)

So let this be our goal, to share love, sympathy, and kindness, not just to other believers, but also to non-believers.

Yesterday in Spread Love I asked that we all try to spread some love, because it could make a huge difference to someone’s day.

In a similar vein, we should always be kind to others, as kindness costs the giver nothing, but may be the lifeline the receiver is desperately in need of.

2 Samuel 2:6 (NIV)

May the Lord now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favour because you have done this.

Kindness encourages kindness, and kindness makes other’s lives brighter, so be spread some kindness each day.

There is a prayer I say today and every day

I’m better at some of those things than others, but with God’s help, I know I can become better at all of them. I pray God will give each of those qualities so that we may help those around us who need to know God’s love.

When you talk, are your words full of kindness, consideration and encouragement, or are they harsh, rude or even abusive?

Personally, I always think there’s nothing worse than hearing someone use abusive words towards someone else. There’s no need for that, and ultimately what does it achieve other than hurt and upset to the person the words are directed towards.

Ephesians 4:29 NLT
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

So watch what you say, because ultimately I’m sure we all want to be encouragers.

No matter what happens in life be kind to people. Being kind to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind. ~ Nicky Gumbel

It doesn’t cost us anything to be kind to someone, so no matter how others treat you, be kind.

What a fantastic legacy to leave behind when we leave this world, kindness.

hands reaching to each otherSometimes think some people just do things to help or assist other for their own glory and self-gratification rather than because they actually want to help others.

Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught ~ J. C. Watts

Don’t be the person that only reaches out to others when you know someone else will see your act of kindness; Don’t be the person that only contacts  someone who hasn’t attended church for a while, just so you can go and tell everyone what you’ve done.

Do reach out to others because it’s the right thing to do, and because you know it’s what Jesus would do.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless ~ Mother Teresa

As I said in yesterday’s blog post, it can be easy sometimes to overlook and ignore the kind and helpful things we do for others, especially when those kind acts are just a few words.

We don’t always need to say a lot to show love and kindness to others, as often a few sincere words of friendship and encouragement show just how much we care about someone.

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