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Kindness: The Graceful Virtue

Kindness and grace

Number five in a seven-part series on virtue

The virtue of kindness can be a confusing concept to understand because it can be defined in many ways. Perhaps the best way to understand kindness is to examine other words associated with kindness.

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary uses two important words in defining kindness. Those words are affection and favor.

Kindness Is an Expression of Affection

If one demonstrates kindness to another, it expresses a level of affection toward that person. A fine example of how this is manifested in life is found toward the end of the book of Acts in the New Testament.

Kindness and grace

Paul and his companions had just survived a shipwreck and found themselves stranded on the island of Malta. Luke, Paul’s companion and chronicler, records the kind actions of the natives to their group in chapter 28.

After we were brought safely through, we then learned that the island was called Malta. The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold. Acts 28:1-2 [ESV]

The Greek word translated here as kindness is philathropia, the same word from which we derive the English word, philanthropy. It means a feeling of good, or fondness of humankind in general.

In other words, a kind person is one who shows an affection for other people in general. Thus kindness could be defined as an inner motivation to help others, even strangers, especially when they are in need.

As we notice in the passage, Luke was impressed by what unusual kindness these strangers showed by their actions. They welcomed them in and made a fire to shield them from the cold and rain.

Kindness Is A Demonstration of Grace

Kindness and grace

The word most often translated as “grace” in the New Testament is charis. Among the definitions of this Greek term is “favor.”

Paul the Apostle writes using this term in Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. [ESV]

Grace given by God is more than mercy for sin, though it is certainly that. Grace is also a demonstration of the favor of God.

Kindness is directly linked to grace by Paul earlier in Eph. 2:4-7

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ [ESV]

Kindness Helps Enable Grace

Kindness, as noted by Paul in the passage above, ultimately is an act of God. Moreover, it is an act whereby God displays “the riches of his grace.”

The ultimate act of kindness is given to us by God Himself. He sees the desperate need to be freed from death in our sin and ‘in kindness’ supplies grace to meet the need.

The Cross and kindness

How does God do this? Because of His ‘great love’ Jesus is executed and raised from the grave to pay the price for sin and offer the gift of grace.

The grace of God is offered because of the kindness of God. His kindness is shown to others in many ways through we who have already received His grace.

That is a key difference between faiths like Islam and Christianity. Islam demands submission through fear; Christ kindly calls to the heart in love.

Islam says to conquer and kill your enemies to advance the rule of Allah. Christianity teaches that force is to defend and rescue the helpless.

Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82:3-4 [ESV]

The kindness that one shows to another in ways large and small provide an opportunity for the heart of another to be softened toward God’s grace. To paraphrase an old saying, “I’d rather see a sermon lived than to hear a sermon preached.”

A Modern-day Example of Kindness to Grace

I was attending a Christian music festival a few years ago and witnessed a moving testimony of kindness leading to grace. It was delivered by a young woman who identified as a lesbian.

She gave her story of how her journey into that lifestyle had come about, and I was impressed by her courage and forthrightness. More importantly, she testified of one particular church group and the kindness they showed to her regardless of her sexual preference.

Kindness and grace

She said that it began with an invitation to play on a church softball team. She was a bit wary, as she was also a gay activist who had already encountered other ‘christian’ groups that exhibited hostility to her.

However, she accepted the kind offer because she both loved sports and had a level of trust with the person who invited her. She ended up becoming pleasantly surprised with the treatment this team gave her.

She remembered that her manners were somewhat crude at that time. For example, she would often let loose with a string of profanity when she missed a play or made a mistake in the outfield.

Some of the young ladies on the team were disturbed by this and went to their coach, who also happened to be the pastor of the church. They asked him what they should do about this.

His advice was, “Just keep loving her, mistakes and all.” He knew God would work in her heart when she saw the reaction of loving kindness from His people.

That force of kindness through others did move this woman to seek God’s grace. She responded in sincere repentance and faith in Christ.

Through such kindness, God draws others to see His love and the greatest kindness of all, Jesus dying on the cross for each one. That is why kindness is the graceful virtue.

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
A Greek-English Lexicon of The New Testament, William F. Arndt and F. Wilber Gingrich, University of Chicago Press, 1979

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Originally published at TIL Journal


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🌿 SIWO proudly announces that a poetry contest is being organised !! 🌿

Are you a writer?

Do you have a dream life?

Can you paint it’s picture with your words ?

🌸 If your answer is Yes , then be ready to showcase your talent !! 🌸

Theme for the contest: My Dream Life.

Deadline : 25 October, 2018


1. Participant must be a follower of SIW blog.

2. Only one entry per blogger.

3. The poem must be on the theme decided.

4. Participant has to share his/her poem on our blog page ( with #SIWOPC in the title ). Or can comment the link to their
poem ( should have #SIWOPC too ) in the comments section.

5. Winner will be decided on the basis of poem content, creativity, and likes and comments on the post.

6. The participant has to share the poetry contest post on his/her blog.

7. For those who aren’t on WordPress, follow the blog and then send your poem to the email ID mentioned in the end of the post. Please mention SIWOPC in your email subject.

🌸 Contestants from around the globe are invited 🌸

Prizes :

1st Winner : Badge, recognition and an interview.

1st Runner up : Badge and recognition

2nd Runner up : Badge and recognition

🍁 The winners will be provided an
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Other participants will be provided with a letter of thanks. 🍁

So what are you waiting for ??? 😻

Grab your pen and paper and start !!! 😻

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Blessed- Be ! 🌞


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Visit SIWO ONLINE Directory no1



we like you to meet this man who retired January 30, 2009, a date a few weeks short of 36 years’ employment at the same plant (if multiple owners) , where he was a quality guy. The plant makes hydraulic and industrial hose, and takes pride in its quality workers and quality product.

He found quickly that retirement was the job he was born to do! he’s been busy since the first day, and never seems to run out of interests and options to fill the time in productive, interesting ways.

Though his university major was English/Journalism/Advertising Copywriting, he had a long interest in photography and cinematography. He was, in fact, a US Army motion picture photographer in the early 1970s, stationed with the 69th Signal Company (Photo) in Kaiserslautern, then-West Germany. That job took him many places in Europe, lots of places in then-West Germany, and several times to then-West Berlin, his favorite assignment!

He attempted to find employment after his army days in motion picture photography or videography, but ran into the curious problem of being too qualified for jobs in his area.

If you like to meet this man who is spend a lot of his retirement with cats, and posts a lot of cat videos, he runs Weggieboy’s blog/.  

Cat lovers will enjoy this blog. This lovely blogger says he posts ” lots of cat videos because they are cuter, more entertaining, and fun to share around the world than videos of me pontificating and promulgating. I enjoy editing the cat videos into little stories where possible or into simple vignettes where the material shows cat behavior, if not a complete story.”

Visit Weggieboy’s blog and enjoy cat videos, cat stories and the beauty of cats and the cat world.


In our directory today you will find The Creative Junks’ talented blogger with an inspiring post  Keep Going. She fires you up with this post as she does with other posts on this top rate blog. One of my favorites here is Make Your Day Count. You will find enough on this blog to inspire you and keep you going even when the blows of life want to knock you down.


IF YOU ARE A LOVER OF PHOTOGRAPHY,  T Ibara Photo is the blog to visit. This amazing blogger, Takami Ibara, based in Japan shares beautiful photos to keep you in peak form all day. See Time to fly. Or you may like Chance Encounters.


Money is a precious commodity. We all want to earn good money to live enjoyable lives. But earning a good salary is not all that it takes to have money. You may earn big, but stay poor if you don’t know how to save. Fred Rogers of Simply Chronically ill blog believes you can put an end to poor saving which can make you stay poor. She offers a resource to help you save money. Don’t miss making use of this useful information. You will find much more like this inspiring poem Rain which I highly recommend.


Life solved blog is one of our favorite blogs. Do you think in or out of the box? Life solved blog tells us in a beautiful post to Break out of the box. An old message given in a way you find refreshing.


Are you interested in the world of girls? Mercy Ngum, in Girls Corner International offers you much of what she and her fellow girls are doing? check their event, HERE COMES. I got thrilled by this site when I read 10 HEALTHY HABITS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.


One of our aspirations in blogging is to get more readers, follows, likes and comments. Some people have them with ease. others don’t. All over the blog there are offers of what you can do to increase traffic to your site. SIWO’S  Dynamic blogger offers you the opportunity to grow your blog with  the Weekly MEET and GREET Share your LINK Party. Make a stop there and you will be happy to participate.


SHOHBA IYER A formidable Indian blogger has come up with an amazing idea on SIWO: Learning series.

Here she talks about TEAMWORK, a very useful post. What we can do together far surpasses what we can do as individuals. But knowing how to build a team is not given to all.


How often do you explore your inner self?

OUR CHARMING, Star blogger Amulya Bhardwaj runs ASK YOUR INNER SELF on SIWO.   Join Amulya to enjoy some beautiful moments together.


INFORMATION GIVES POWER. Inform yourself. Siwo’s awesome reporter, Susanna Dziworshie has a knack for news reporting. She runs SIWO’S GLOBAL NEWS. Make a stop there and see what’s coming out of  the newsroom.


Become a solidarity blogger and grow

Registration to become a solidarity blogger is open. It will go on till December 31, 2018.


Vision: To help bloggers support one another and enjoy seeing their blogs grow beyond their imaginations through mutual support.

Theme: “Support others to grow and receive support from others to grow.”

Slogan: “Support me I support you.”

Starting date: Monday 1 January 2019.

Rules: You register to participate. Registration is ongoing and is free. You can join at any time before December 31, 2018.

ACTIVITY 1: Everyday, Monday to Sunday, Blogs and bloggers of the day are selected among the participants and published on this site.

Every participant reads, supports and encourages the blogs or bloggers of the day through: like, comment, share, reblog, tweet etc.

The bloggers of the day, return the likes and comments.

This is like joining hands to contribute money ( like, comment, share reblog, tweet ) and giving to one person for the day.

After they have received, they are obliged to pay back ( like, comment, share, tweet etc). This goes on everyday (Monday to Sunday) with new blogs and bloggers of the day, until the challenge ends.

When it ends, it starts again and continues. Once you join the forum you become a permanent member until you withdraw.

Members are encouraged to stay in solidarity as much as possible. If you finish reading the posts from the blogs of the day, and want to read more posts, you are encouraged to stay within the circle of the forum. We are building a powerful support community – “Help me I help you.”

This forum is your blogging bank. You deposit your money in a credible bank, don’t you? If it has credible bankers and customers, if you know your money will be well managed and it will bring profit, that is the best place for your money. You will bank there. This is what this forum wants to be to bloggers – a credible blogging bank for all bloggers.

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Become a SOLIDARITY BLOGGER today! Solidarity Support Challenge has been listed by WordPress among its approved challenges.


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Talk about yourself and grow

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Do you know that talking about yourself can take you to great heights? Many people are doing it and growing.

Others want to hear about you. Your story interests them. That is why many people read interviews.

We want to help you tell your story and grow. This is very easy. You tell us at least ten interesting things about yourself and share your link; and we shall visit your blog and share your link in our community.

Post and enclose your link.

These random points can guide you:

  1. Your name;
  2. Where you hail from;
  3. Where you live right now;
  4. How you earn a living – your job;
  5. Your family:  brothers and sisters;
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  7. Your favorite food;
  8. Your favorite pastime;
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  10. Your dreams;
  11. If you have a boyfriend/girlfriend;
  12. Are you married?
  13. Your husband of wife;
  14. Your children;
  15. Your best color;
  16. Your successes,
  17. Your failures;
  18. Your frustrations;
  19. A turning point in your life;
  20. Why you are blogging;
  21. How you find blogging – benefits; frustrations;
  22. Your favorite authors;
  23. Your role-model;
  24. Are you a Christian, Muslim, etc.
  25.  Do you sing?
  26. Do sports?
  27. Travel?
  28. Do you like politics?

You can add to this list. You are free to say as much as you can about yourself. But you must say at least ten things.

Enclose your link. We will publish the post here with the link for our community to visit you.



Post And Send Link Event: post about yourself and send us the link

Are you there? We of this community like to know you and read your posts regularly.

Does that interest you?

Only one thing you can do to reach us. We are 9000 here. Write a post about yourself. It could be 5, 10, 25 etc interesting facts about you, it could be about your day, or your thoughts. Ready for that/ You have the choice.

Post on your site.

Send us the link to the post. We will promote you on our site, and we will come over and read your post and other posts on your blog.

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Ask Your Inner Self 🌸

Hey everyone !

It’s me, Amulya, again ! How are you guys doing? Great ? Hmm?

Well, I have been writing and answering questions for a few months now, and I believe, it’s a good way to explore one’s inner self and tangled thoughts. I thought we could do something like that on here !

Afterall, we are all inspired people, here to inspire others 🌸

So, I’ll be asking you all a question in every one or two days. The question will be related to self exploration. I’ll write my answer to that question in the comments section below and I expect the same from you wonderful people ! 🌿 It’ll be a great way to interact with eachother and know what our opinions are or different topics or parts of our lives. 🌿

I hope it’ll be a fun activity ! 🌸

Question for today : Do you feel loved?


Which version of YOU are YOU?

P.s: Who knows you more than you? Who can love you better than you? Who can feel how you feel inside better than you? Who can handle your own emotions and make sense of them better than you? Even if someone were to help you out, could they ever do anything significant without you participating? Be inspired and motivated. Do not hesitate to reach out for help as you strive to be the best version of yourself…

The Key To Finding Your Inspiration

A woman crossing the dessert.

How often do you sit behind your laptop to get your work done? Whether it is for your job or school, somehow, it’s just not happening. The ideas are there… somewhere… you sort of know what you want to do, but not quite.

We have all faced it before, the creative block. So, how do you deal with it?

The Word “Inspiration”

“Inspiration” is usually defined as a new and improved way to solve a problem or answer a question. As you live your life, you sometimes get sucked into busyness and fixed routines full of challenges. Often, there’s this struggle on coming up with insightful solutions. I know, because I’ve been there many times myself.

Therefore, I want to help you by sharing how I overcome creative obstacles:

1. Change Your Mental State To “What If”

Sometimes, your own routines can be a major blockade to inspiration and creativity. If you think close-ended statements such as “I can’t…” or “I don’t know…”, chances are higher you’re going to create a negative self-fulfilling forecast.

Instead, change your mind to open-ended statements and questions such as “I will find the inspiration I need to solve this problem.” Or “What other possibilities are there?”, or “What if we try finding an alternative solution?”

These open-ended statements and questions are your creative resources. The trick is, don’t try to consciously come up with answers, but empty your mind and think of questions. Those questions might very well be the answers you were seeking for all this time.

2. Balance Between Pushing Yourself And Not Pushing Yourself

A big part of finishing a project is simply showing up to the task. The other part, you might push through with the task, even when you’re uninspired. This means you work every day, some days longer than others. At the same time, you don’t want your creative practice to turn into a joyless slog. Clearly, working too hard or too long can become counterproductive.

It’s really up to you to figure out your own balance between working hard and stepping away from the work. Finding your balance between working hard and letting your creative self recharge can be difficult, especially when you love what you do. But it’s a necessary part of creating your best work.

Try to do things you wouldn’t normally do that are uplifting and inspiring. Here are a few ideas: try unusual food you’ve never tried before, visit a different clothing store, take a different transportation to work, listen to other genres of music, talk to random people, or solve problems in a new environment. Experience the world from a way different perspective. As your perspective widens, so will your creativity. Like Einstein once said: “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination.”

3. Stimulate Your Brain With Exercise And Nature

A Stanford University study found that exercising, even walking, boosts creativity both during the exercise and shortly thereafter. Exercising can stimulate your brain by increasing the neuron movement in the brain’s hippocampus region.

Physical activities help to stimulate new thought patterns and help to get us out of our heads. Motion dictates emotion, but it can also dictate inspiration. So, put on your sports gear and engage in physical activities such as jogging, powerlifting, swimming, yoga, or cycling to bring forth new inspiring ideas and solutions. Incorporate exercising into your day to increase your overall intake on ideas and solutions.

If exercising isn’t working, nature is well known for their colourful revitalising powers. If you feel confused and need clarity, go to a scenery where you will be surrounded by nature’s colour of green and blue. They have a calming effect on the human sense. Use your senses to listen to the birds and creeks, and smell the fresh air. See this as a mental vacation. Perhaps this is exactly what your mind needs to revitalise.

4. Don’t Forget To Breathe Out

This is my favourite method. People tend to only breathe in fresh new ideas, creativity and inspiration. They keep breathing in, and in, and in, and in. Even then, they still search for even more, thinking something else out there will truly inspire them. Learn to breathe out.

Here is why: Nothing inspires you truly until you apply it to your work. With work, I mean your life’s output, which can either be creative, professional, or personal. Your work is your true inspiration.

Use this moment to reflect on yourself. How often do you keep taking in inspiration, but don’t do anything with it? Only when you think of your work through this new perspective, you can wake up and turn these ideas into new and improved realities. That’s the inspiration we’re all in pursuit of.

True Inspiration

In the end, true inspiration is not the collection of inspiration, but the application of it. People think that if they keep watching TED, browsing books, read articles, meet people, or listen to talks, that they’re suddenly going to get inspired. The truth is, constantly taking in inspiration is uninspiring.

So, breathe in, BREATHE OUT! Let breathing out be the metaphor for you to apply it to your life’s output.

Originally published at ye-chen.com.

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Amazing people in the world

The world is full of amazing people.

We need to thank God for these so many amazing people.

How would you not be joyful
If you met so many amazing people as I do?

I am amazed by the number of amazing people I come across everyday on the web.

I meet amazing people among the rich.

I meet amazing people among the poor.

I meet amazing people with white skin color.

I meet amazing peopled with black skin color.

I meet amazing people with red skin color.

I meet amazing people with mixed skin color.

I meet amazing people from all continents of the world.

I meet amazing people who speak my language and others who speak a language I don’t understand.

Yes, there are amazing people all over the world.

Thank you, Lord for so many amazing people in the world.

International Men’s Day

Today is the day of the people I love the most in this world my Cute Dad and my very best friends, thank you all for the great love you give me, Happy Men’s Day..

International Men’s Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated on 19 November. … It is an occasion to highlight discrimination against men and boys and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care.

A gentleman will open doors, pull out chairs, and carry things. Not because she’s helpless or unable, but because he wants to show her that she is valuable and worthy of respect…

The real power of a man is in the size of the smile of a woman sitting next to him…so very True 💟🤩😍

Best wishes to all the Great Men ..Gentlemen around me…


The rich and the poor

Who makes the rich?
And who makes the poor?
Who makes them rich?
And who makes them poor?
If focus is on the poor,
It’s easy to understand;
What is hard to grasp,
Is why the so many poor;
How did we get to this?
Is this the world
Our creator gave us?
That a few are so rich
And so many are so poor?
Who makes the rich?
And who makes the poor?
Don’t the poor make the rich?
And don’t the rich make
The poor?
This is my answer:
The poor make the rich;
The rich make the poor.

A simple success formula

A success formula
That is so simple
You can’t believe;
And here it goes:
Go for what is right,
And Keep doing it;
Go for what is good,
And keep doing it;
Go for what is useful
And keep doing it;
Go for what will help,
And keep doing it;
Go for what pays,
And keep doing it;
Go for what is clean,
And keep doing it;
Go for what people like,
And keep doing it;
God for what you love,
And keep doing it;
Go for what gives joy,
And keep doing it;
Go for what God likes,
And keep doing it.
Go for what is correct,
And keep doing it.
Success cannot fail
To crown your efforts
If you do this.

Are you wise or foolish?

A wise person believes in God;
A foolish person does not
A wise person loves God;
A foolish person does not;
A wise person fears God,
A foolish person does not;
A wise person has time for God;
A foolish person does not;
A wise person worships God;
A foolish person does not;
A wise person talks often to God;
A foolish person does not;
A wise person listens to God;
A foolish person does not;
A wise person is a friend to God;
A foolish person is not.
A wise person tries to please God;
A foolish person does not.
Are you wise or foolish?

Quote (riches)

“There are two ways of becoming rich. Either you serve people to be rich or you exploit people to be rich. The riches you get by serving people are clean riches or honest riches. The riches you get by exploiting people are dirty riches or dishonest riches. The financial giants of the world either served people to be rich or exploited them. This means either they got their money honestly or dishonestly.” (Romilia Quotes)