A Kind Heart

Kindness gives birth to kindness. Sophocles

 

One of the great privileges I have as a preacher is in performing wedding ceremonies. Prior to the wedding day, I always have a chance to sit down with the couple and look at what the Bible has to say about marriage. The reason is simple: God created marriage and therefore knows how it works the best. To even consider marriage without examining God's word would be like building a house without consulting the architect's blueprint - it simply won't turn out as the designer planned.

 

One of the most important elements of marriage is the virtue of kindness. I can often tell if a young couple will the have kindness that their new partnership needs as soon as they cut the cake. If they "smash" the cake into each other's face that's okay, I guess, but it seems a rather unkind start. On the other hand, if the new husband and wife carefully and lovingly feed each other that cake, then I have great hope for the marriage - it has started off in kindness! That's the way to begin a new life together, in my opinion.

 

Now I know that this may seem a bit silly, but I can't help it. I am a sucker for kindness. I like being around kind people. I like seeing a big brother take care of his baby sister. I like seeing a big sister hold the hand of her little brother to keep him from falling. I like it when young people help out their less fortunate classmates. I like seeing a young man hold the door for a young lady and I like it even more when he does the same for an older woman. I like seeing gentlemen stop to lend assistance to those struggling with the changing of a flat tire, and I like seeing our sweet ladies take covered dishes to their neighbors in need.

 

In short, I love kindness, because when I witness it I know that I am in the presence of something that is not seen often enough on this side of Heaven. And I think that I am not alone in this... it makes you feel good, too. So, what kindness can we do today?

 

Love is kind, I Corinthians 13:4, NIV