• Michael Haldas

Kindness


“Galatians 5:22 talks about kindness as being one of the fruits of the Spirit. The Greek word for ‘kindness’ is chrēstotēs. It means “benignity, tender concern, uprightness.” It is kindness of heart and kindness of act. We all need to do our part to genuinely do acts of chrēstotēs/kindness in our daily circumstances.” (Sacramental Living Blog, S. Michael Houdmann)

“We must see to it that our pleasing of others always ministers to their good in some way, edifies them, adds something to their character, and makes them braver, truer, and happier. The world is full of discouraged people, and we have the power to say a hopeful word or do a kindness which will drive the discouragement from their hearts...” (St. Alexandra, Tsaritsa of Russia)

“We have no commandment from God to make the world a better place. We have no commandment from God to “make a difference.” Only God makes a difference, and only God knows what “better” would actually mean. As Christians, the proper life is one lived in accordance with the commandments. We should love. We should forgive. We should be generous and kind. We should give thanks to God always and for everything. We should understand that this is a description of the “better world.” We are not making a better world, we’re waiting for the coming of the Kingdom of God. With every act of love, there is the Kingdom. With every act of forgiveness, there is the Kingdom. Every act of generosity and kindness sees its inauguration. As Christ told us, “The Kingdom of God is among you.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“The grateful person finds joy and is thankful for even the smallest of gifts—another day, any expression of love, the smallest kindness.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis)

“May our speech imitate His kindness, modesty, and truth, guided by our trust in the Lord.” (Dynamis 5/25/2018)

“One of the New Testament commands is that Christians display kindness toward other believers (Romans 12:10)...Such kindness is a response to God’s wonderful kindness to us....as we bless others in this way, we will find ourselves receiving similar blessings of kindness (Luke 6:38).” (Foundation Study Bible, Romans 15:25-26)

“We need to have our lives and relationships reflect the admonition of St. Paul who wrote “you are the people of God . . . so you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, gentleness and patience. And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity.” (Col. 3:12-14). If you come upon someone today without a smile, resolve to give him one of yours…Jesus exemplified through every moment of his life the way each of us should act— with great kindness, gentleness, and thoughtfulness.” (Rev. Andrew Demotses)

“The most difficult people to deal with are often the very people who need our love and kindness the most. Being treated with respect and love, regardless of their behavior, can turn around the angry neighbor or coworker. They are the people who need our prayers. God can change any heart, turning around the lives of the very worst people because of our prayers.” (Abbot Tryphon)

“Sometimes it is easy to get so overwhelmed with all of the problems we see around us that we can slip into a mindset of what can I possibly do to make things better and end up doing nothing at all. I find it is useful when I feel that way to remember that some small act of kindness, no matter what the circumstance, is better than no kindness at all. You never know what the smallest gesture may mean to someone.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“By showing love through acts of kindness, we can point people toward God…” (Amy Nappa)

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