Inspiring thoughts on the power of Kindness


 

Who has not been thrilled by Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. It is a master interpretation in sound of the unspeakable glory of the moonlit night. This beautiful piece of music was created because the composer wanted to give something of himself and his talent to a blind girl. This lady could not see the beauties of a moonlight night. Blind was she to the silver sheen on the trees and shrubs and grass. Blind was she to the silver covering the lake. Blind was she to the world of milky white in the sky. So the thoughtful and selfless Beethoven put his genius to work. He would tell her, not merely in words, but in sound, of the beauty that her eyes could not behold. As a result, the world has been enriched, and he gave the best of his talent in a selfless act of kindness.

So the Moonlight Sonata was written because of his kindness expressed to a blind lady

 

Kindness Defined

I would define kindness as love’s actions.
Kindness is love’s conduct. It’s how love behaves.

1 Corinthians 13:4

Love is patient, love is kind

Kindness is love in shoe leather

Kindness adds sweetness to everything.

Of great consequences is the immense power of kindness in bringing out the good of the characters of others.

On an ordinary winter day in 1961, an MIT meteorologist named Edward Lorenz ran some routine experiments and found some unusual results. Lorenz discovered that seemingly tiny and insignificant changes in his data could produce huge differences in the final result. At first, Lorenz and other scientists in the field of chaos theory called this “the sensitive dependence on initial data.” Fortunately, later on Lorenz used a simpler term—”the butterfly effect.” In 1972, Lorenz presented a scientific paper entitled “Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil Set off a Tornado in Texas?” According to Lorenz’s theory, the butterfly’s wing-flapping doesn’t actually cause a tornado, but it can start a chain reaction leading to giant changes in world-wide weather patterns. In others words, even tiny, insignificant movements or actions can produce huge changes that affect millions of people.

The Bible often describes a similar “butterfly effect” for the spiritual life. According to Jesus, the spiritual butterfly effect occurs when we do small things—making a meal, visiting the sick, befriending the lonely, opening our home to a guest, praying with a friend—for “insignificant” people, which makes a huge difference in God’s eyes. But according to Jesus, there’s also a reverse butterfly effect: consistently failing to display small acts of kindness (i.e. living an unkind lifestyle) has a profound loss of opportunity in the spiritual realm

Here is an ad that illustrates The Butterfly Effect

 

Kindness has the power to change the world

Here is a great clip from the Movie Evan Almighty Clip

 

“The Wise Woman’s Stone”
Author Unknown

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.

“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.”

Lets look at some scriptures

1) It is a fruit of the spirit

It is listed as one of the Christian Fruits of the Spirit by Paul of Tarsus in his Letter to the Galatians 5:22, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

2) It is commanded

Ephesians 4:32

32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

3) It is a matter of choice
Colossians 3:12
Character of the New Man

12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;

This is an inspiring clip of a young man in Pakistan

4) It makes your message attractive to other
Proverbs 19:22

22 What is desired in a man is kindness,

5) God is kind.

5.1) Joel 2:13

13 So rend your heart, and not your garments;
Return to the Lord your God,
For He is gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger, and of great kindness;
And He relents from doing harm.

5.2) Psalm 31:21

21 Blessed be the Lord,
For He has shown me His marvelous kindness in a strong city!

Bible calls the coming of Jesus Christ into the world? God’s kindness toward us

5.3 ) Ps 51

Verse 1

1 Have mercy upon me, O God,
         According to Your lovingkindness;
         According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
         Blot out my transgressions.

Lovingkindness – denotes a strong proneness, a ready, large and liberal disposition to goodness and compassion powerfully prompting to all instances of Kindness and bounty. This denotes a higher degree of goodness than the first word.

5.4) Titus 3:4

4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,

Kindness,” wrote the French mathematician and Christian thinker Blaise Pascal, “Kindness is welcome only to the extent that it seems it can be paid back.” If you want a one-sentence explanation of why our first reaction to the Good News of Jesus Christ is one of recoil and refusal, this is it. The Gospel is unwelcome because it is a kindness that can never be paid back. And we don’t like that. We are embarrassed by an absolutely free gift, we only feel comfortable if what we receive is something we think we are owed, or something we think we can in some way return. This was the case in an honour and shame culture like first century Palestine, and it is the case in a culture like ours too, where social bonds are regulated by contracts, and personal relationships by mutual consent, a transactional culture that privileges our autonomy and protects us from dependency. –

6)Its part of the develop of the discipleship pathway in your life

2 Peter1:4-9

5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

7) Kindness to enemies

Matt 5:44

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor[g] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,[h] 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

8) Kindness to complete strangers

Acts 28
Paul’s Ministry on Malta

28 Now when they had escaped, they then found out that the island was called Malta. 2 And the natives showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold

Love the term unusual kindness

Other translations – no little kindness

This is an inspiring and sad clip about one last act of Kindness

 

John Wesley

Do all the good you can by all the means you can in all the ways you can in all the places you can at all the times you can to all the people you can as long as ever you can.

What if we all lived like that?

Increase the kindness of your life

Peter Pilt



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