I always taught my children you cannot always be friends with everyone but you can be friendly to everyone. I believe we may not always be treated kindly but we can strive to treat everyone we meet kindly. I felt firsthand the kindness of God in His mercy and in His offer of grace. When I dwell in Him I am more able to successfully love my neighbor and treat them as He showed to me.
The Great Value of Kindness
Kindness expressed is like a warm blanket on a cold day.
It gives comfort and takes the chill of life away.
A great gift is given when it is a kind act;
It is worth more than a material gift in fact.
Now if you are hurting and sad within,
Would you desire a dollar or the kind presence of a friend?
A willing ear and a loving touch give more comfort to the soul,
The dollar can be so hard and cold.
When sick, would you draw comfort from your wealth?
Do you know anyone that would not trade money for their health?
The anxious, weary worrier finds comfort by an encouraging word.
To offer them anything else is absurd.
More appreciated is a helping hand; even the small gift of a smile,
With a note of encouragement, or thanks once and in a while.
Some flowers, a cake, or a hug, now and then,
All are healing acts of kindness you can give to foe or friend.
Offer sweet praise, a prayer, and words of concern,
Give all with no thought of repayment returned.
To be recalled as beautiful or as wise,
Is second to being remembered as kind.
A kind man or woman has great gain,
No one can truthfully dishonor their name.
But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.