Sunday, December 7, 2008

Kindness. . .

What is desired in a man is kindness.
Proverbs 19:22

Painting by G. Harvey

You may think of benevolence only in terms of giving money, but there is much more to it than that. Benevolence is simply showing kindness; and in many cases, it is more a matter of opening your heart than your wallet.

In an age of hardness and cruelty, practicing benevolence is more difficult, but also more crucial. So many people are suffering for lack of a helping hand. Give to others with the same open-handed freedom that God has given to you. Do it out of your love for Him and in a spirit of thankfulness for what you have received from Him. He will bless you for it many times over.

The heart benevolent and kind the most resembles God.

Robert Burns


This devotion was taken from 'God's Daily Answer'.

13 comments:

Dawnie said...

I like this post. Its nice to hear something different these days than always thinking your money is what is needed. Kindness can mean the biggest thing of all to someone who is hurting or lost or going thru something we may not know.

The older I get I make myself very aware of how I am to people. I remind myself to stop and think that many people walking around are going thru a pain we have no knowledge of and it could mean a huge difference having someone be nice to them.

Chris said...

Nice post today, Carol...Thanks for coming by to see my outside lights and if we were your neighbor we would help you with your lights. :)

Hugs,
Chris

Picket said...

Good Sunday Morning to you girl! Beautiful post and sooooo true...one never knows what an act of kindness does for someone...not only for their physical needs but for their spirit as well...I have always told people...you may be the only Bible some folks will ever read...Have a beautiful Sunday girl and thanks so much for coming by!

laurie said...

So true. Thank you for this post. We do need a lot more kindness in this world. laurie

Happy To Be said...

GM Carol..girl I am lovin all these snow flakes here I seen this at a few blogs and at first I thought it was my eyes and needed my glasses..great post..hope you have a great Sunday..hugs and smiles Gloria

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Beautiful post....

bennie and patsy said...

Good Sunday post for us to think about.
Patsy

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

What a great post!

bj said...

Beautiful post...
G Harvey is my favorite artist..did you see the post I did on him a few weeks back? I also used the same picture you are using for your header, for awhile...he is so so talented..
love, bj

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

What a beautiful post Carol... and I was so surprised that IT IS SNOWING!!!
At first I was thinking... Ohmigosh.. my eyes are MESSED UP all of a sudden seeing SPOTS! LOL... then i realized IT IS SNOWING at CAROL'S HOUSE! WHOOhOOoO
Let it snow, let it snow let it snow!
Next time I come over, can we build a snowman???!!! ;)
holykisses,
Lea

Shellmo said...

Excellent post! When I watch the news and hear all these terrible things - I wonder where the humanity and the kindness is. It starts with us...

Kristens Creations said...

What a great post! Thanks for stopping by and registering for the Christmas tree frame. Kristen

Barb said...

Carol,
Thanks for sharing that devotion.
All so true.
Blessings on your week.

Barbara Jeam