The Voice of Kindness: Do you hear it calling?

I’ll be the first to acknowledge I’ve ignored the Voice of Kindness many times, but in today’s climate, the Voice of Kindness is calling loud and clear, and can no longer be ignored.

Do you hear the Voice of Kindness? 

We listen to the sounds of Kindness when we open a heavy door for an older person or a small child. The Voice of Kindness shows up when we invite a person to go before us in line at the store or to help the person we see struggling with a baby and the car door. Kindness’s voice causes us to run and catch up to a person who drops an item to give it back or a phone call we made to a friend when that person just needed to talk. We can think of many other ways of how Kindness can disrupt our day!

In the back of my mind, I have to remember, “I don’t know what kind of day she is having or had, and the voice of kindness whispers.” 

People are rushing to get here and there; we need to be more aware of others, especially during these stressful times. People will snap at us for no reason. Sometimes we only need to say, “good morning.” The other person grunts.

What we don’t know is what situation a person may have prior walked out of or into. There is so much we don’t know about people and their lives, and hearing the voice of Kindness whispers during those moments is important.

We’ve been equipped…God knew!

Galatians 5:22 (KJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, Kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 

Proverbs 15:1 (NASB) A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.


Becoming a Galatians 5:22 person…

The desire to be a Galatians 5:22 person takes a want-to-heart that lives in the right-now-moment of life. Kindness isn’t about yesterday or last year. More often than not, it will take prayer for the right kind of response. Sometimes Kindness says to just be quiet and be still

Do you listen for the Voice of Kindness to speak? Sometimes it may be only small whisper.

Kindness lives in our hearts and in the tone of our voice; Kindness is about understanding and consideration; Kindness is about making a decision to use what the Holy Spirit has equipped us to do.

Sometimes we need a reminder of what Kindness is all about: 

    • Kindness can be an unexpected blessing

    • Kindness can interrupt someone’s day

    • Kindness can be uplifting and encouraging

    • Kindness can be deliberate; bring goodness to someone’s heart.

These are just a few offerings that Kindness can give. I know we can all think of many more.

In closing

We all need and want Kindness in our lives, and in love, we can, indeed, be an instrument of the Voice of Kindness in society today. I’ve missed many opportunities to show up with Kindness. My hope and plea for us are not to miss a chance to show-up with Kindness. It will say a lot about who we are!

¹Psychology Today article, Karyn Hall, Ph.D.

²Proverbs 15:1 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

³Galatians 5:22  King James Version (KJV) Public Domain

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