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Kindness By Ntombi Thamba

We live in a world that is full of unkind people, but that does not mean we have to adopt and follow this trend. I choose to spread kindness in my community; it's not about having everything but I always think of people who were kind to me when I needed them most. Such acts of kindness have made my future brighter, hence I have decided to give back and put a smile on someone's face or turn their bad day into a good one.

"Kindness is giving hope to those who think they are alone in this world” and …seeing the best in others when they cannot see it in themselves.” It is something anyone can give, when caring for others, without losing anything or a part of themselves. Kindness is not what you do but who you are (

Even the word of God tells us to “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God has forgiven you." Ephesians 4:32 (NIV).

Kindness is an important expression of our love for God; it's how we tell Him that we are choosing Him as much as He chose us. Proverbs 11 verse 17 (NLT) also tells us that a man who is kind benefits himself but a cruel man hurts himself; indeed, kindness does not only make others happy.

Kindness, or doing good, often means putting other people's needs before your own – it could be by giving up your seat on the bus for someone who might need it more than you or offering to make a cup of tea for someone at work. Kindness is selfless, compassionate and merciful, its greatest power revealed in practice to our enemies. Love your neighbour; show kindness to everyone. For the perfect emblem of kindness, we need look no further than Jesus.

It is important that we practice kindness, either to other people or towards ourselves. We can experience positive mental and physical changes like lower stress levels and feel-good hormones, such as dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin.

Do good, and lend and expect nothing in return, and your reward will be great (Luke 6:35).

Some examples of 5 acts of kindness:

1. Say kind words to someone or show gratitude.

2. Be respectful.

3. Give a gift of time to someone.

4. Give compliments or gifts.

5. Boost /Encourage feelings of confidence in someone

This may also encourage someone to repeat the good deeds they've experienced themselves.

Let us be kind to one another – it is God's desire for us to be kind at all times.

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved ,clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." Colossians 3:12 (NIV)



Women of Reverence welcomes our contributor Ntombi Thamba. Read more about Ntombi Thamba here.

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