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Why Perform Acts of Kindness?

by Jean E. Oathout
Writing devotionals for women at

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“Why perform acts of kindness?”

Is there something “magical” in living this kind of life?

Why do some people seem to be able to be so kind to everyone, and others have such a difficult time of it?

Kindness is treating other people humanely, as you would want to be treated. The challenge is to do it with a joyful heart.

Joe Stowell says on Our Daily Bread 8/23/14- He (Jesus) reminded us that because of Him we are “the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14) and that our good deeds would be the power against the darkness for the glory of God (v16).

There is one force that the darkness cannot conquer—the force of loving acts of kindness done in Jesus’ name.

It is God’s people who turn the other cheek, go the extra mile, and forgive and even love their enemies who oppose them who have the power to turn the tide against evil.

So look for the privileged opportunity to perform acts of kindness today to bring the light of Christ to others.
Light up your world with an act of kindness.” (ODB)

Col. 3:12 tells us to put on kindness, among other things, as the elect of God, for we are holy and beloved.

2 Peter 1:7 tells us: “Add to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” (love)

Isaiah 63:7 tells us of the Kindnesses of the LORD.

Diana Derringer shares from One Good Turn Deserves Another:
“A popular idea in recent years is the Random Act of Kindness Day. On that day each year, people do something good for others for no special reason. The day receives a great deal of publicity, and people feel good about it.

I appreciate those efforts. Yet, that’s just once a year. What keeps us from performing random acts of kindness every day? Our kind acts don’t have to be big. In fact, the small kindnesses often mean the most.

A greater challenge is to be kind to those who are unkind to us. Think about the difference in our world if we practiced that.

1. Some people might be so surprised they stop their cruel acts.
2. Other people might think we’re crazy and continue their unkind behavior.
3. A few might wonder what causes us to act that way and desire a similar life for themselves.

Why not give it a try and see what happens?

In a world filled with conflict, let’s be like a carousel and keep the good turns going.”

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2 thoughts on “Why Perform Acts of Kindness?

  1. Great post. I love how you conclude your post by showing kindness to people who maltreat you. A couple of added thoughts. You are not offended if you do not take offense. If you show you are offended, you are giving control of yourself to the violator. If you return this maltreatment with kindness or step in with kindness or support when you see maltreatment, it can disarm your opponent.

  2. It is not hard to be kind, but it does take effort. Happy Holidays

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