Kind­ness —the ir­re­sistible fruit

Activated - - FRONT PAGE - By Rafael Hold­ing

Kind­ness is love in ac­tion, love trans­lated into sim­ple ev­ery­day terms. It’s be­ing con­sid­er­ate of oth­ers. It’s liv­ing the Golden Rule: “Do unto oth­ers as you would have them do unto you.” It’s turn­ing a blind eye to the

1 flubs and foibles of oth­ers. It’s be­ing as ten­der­hearted and for­giv­ing to­ward oth­ers as God is with you.

2 Kind­ness gen­er­ates good­will. Your kind words and kind deeds tell oth­ers that their hap­pi­ness and well-be­ing are im­por­tant to you, and that makes them want to re­spond in like man­ner. Kind­ness is one of the hard­est things to give away, be­cause it’s nearly al­ways re­turned. Kind­ness costs noth­ing, but can ac­com­plish so much. A kind smile or a kind word can make all the dif­fer­ence in the world to some­one who’s hav­ing a hard day. A lit­tle bit of love goes such a long way!

Kind­ness is a lan­guage that ev­ery­one un­der­stands. As Chris­tians, we are am­bas­sadors of God’s love to oth­ers; the kind­ness we show con­veys God’s love and care, and helps draw and win them to Him.

Rafael Hold­ing is a writer in Aus­tralia. “Kind­ness—The Ir­re­sistible Fruit” is adapted from the Get Ac­ti­vated book God’s Gifts, avail­able from Aurora’s on­line store (http://­ro­rapro­duc­

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