Friday, April 03, 2009

I was reading a chapter on kindness in a book called The Royal Path of Life.
I think he did a good job on this fruit of the Spirit; such a simple and basic Christian character, but oh so difficult.

“He who neglects the trifles, yet boasts that when ever a great sacrifice is called for, he shall be ready to make it, will rarely be loved. The likelihood is he will not make it; and if he does, it will be much rather for his own sake than for his neighbors. Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles, and kindnesses, and small obligations, given habitually, are what win and preserve the heart, and secure comfort.
Give no pain. Breathe not a sentiment, say not a word, and give not the expression of the countenance that will offend another, or send a thrill of pain to his bosom.
We are surrounded by sensitive hearts, which a word or look even, might fill to the brim with sorrow. If you are careless of the opinions of others, remember that they are differently constituted from yourself.

Many will lose the opportunity of saying a kind thing by waiting to weigh the matter too long. Our best impulses are too delicate to endure much handling. If we fail to give them expression the moment they rise, they effervesce, evaporate, and are gone. Speak promptly when you feel kindly.

Deal gently with the stranger. Remember the severed cord of affection, still bleeding, and beware not to wound by a thoughtless act, or a careless word.”

Of course this advice is so important in rearing children and a building a happy marriage as well as good counsel for the stranger.
Photo by Boaz Rottem.


Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Fred :)

Many thanks for this extremely useful post. There is a lot for me to learn in these wonderful paragraphs.

Have a good day,Fred :)

Mel said...

Hmmm, how many ways can a person say "I love this post!" and not sound redundant? Oh well, if it's true once, it's true a thousand times... I Love this post! :) I'm going to share it with my family tonight.

FCB said...

Thanks for your appreciation Joseph, I too, found lots to practice.
God bless,

Hi Mel,
I love it as well, and it is probably the one I need most, I can be a bit on the peevish side, of course my family would deny that, mmmmm, maybe :)

Mel said...

Greetings, Fred! I printed this off to read to my family, but haven't had an opportunity to yet. However, I left it on the kitchen counter, and yesterday when I got home from work, my mom shared with me that she had found it and read it and could hardly read it through her tears. She asked me if she could keep it, to which I of course said yes. :)