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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 !! 🌿

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Deadline : 25 October, 2018


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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.


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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.

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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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Talk about yourself and grow

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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…

Honing your writing skills

How much time do you give yourself, To fashion and hone your language skills? Do you spend enough time to master The delicate craft of writing? An important matter to think about If you want to articulate with dexterity; To be a great writer is a worthwhile exercise; But not a bed of roses, nor a day’s job; See how beautifully the great writers do it; Like they were savoring a delicious meal, Take a look at the crisp lines of La Belle Vie; See how charmingly the writer writes; It is eloquent and flowery; And once you start to read, You have no desire to come to a stop; You become so engrossed; You want it to bury yourself in it forever; You wish it had not come to an end; It flows like a spring on a hillside, Sweet like the product of bees called honey; When you finally turn the last page, You hate that it has come to an end; So well the writer has fine tuned her skill, A thing to everyone I strongly recommend; Language has such amazing power; The more you master it, The more power you wield; Reason you must take time and master Your writing skills; So that you may write like the masters And hold the world in your palms. I got inspiration for this post from the blog La Belle Vie by Sarah. This brilliant blogger has impressed me with her writing style. Reading Immigration Brouhaha and Budget trip to the French Riviera (Nice), l was moved to write on writing.

Escape the rat race

Anxiety on my mind,

I can’t help but think about it,

All the time,

I sometimes feel like the letters,

Comes out of me in a line,

Always striving to be better,

Still I need a lot of time,

I won’t look behind,

In case you try to diss me,

I couldn’t rewind,

Why are you so mean all the time,

Forgetting that I need you,

I want you to be mine,

I don’t want to share you,

Let’s sit down and dine,

Just us two,

Chicken for dinner,

I think that I’m a winner,

My heart grows bigger,

Hoping to escape,

I’m a prisoner,

Take a deep breath,

I hope I’m not a sinner,

The anxiety tricks me to think I’m deaf,

I am not deaf,

I don’t want to be the one left,


Just a quick update

I am still on my hiatus from writing through Thanksgiving here in the U.S. I plan to pick back up after this week. I am also happy to announce some changes to what I am doing. 

First, I will be writing one fiction story a week. These stories may be longer than I have written in the past. However, the reason I’m going down to one story a week is to accommodate the work of my second book in the Berserker series. In addition, I am starting work on another book by Lucius McCray. 

The second book in the Berserker Series is due to come out May 2019. Lucius’ book will have a publishing date sometime in the first quarter of 2019.

In addition, I am starting a weekly vlog called “The Berserker Life.” It will be a live stream. I will be covering topics that range from writing fiction, self-publishing to how to be an author if you are currently too ill to work a normal job.

For those who celebrate it, have a Happy Thanksgiving. 


Ok Chief Enough is enough! Or is it?


Oh! My husky has been secretly chatting with Old man Winter, AGAIN!

Early morning NH 11.20.18

And the snow continues!


“Dream big and make life fun! Do something outrageous each day. Follow your passion. Believe in yourself.” – Unknown


Kind Regards and staying toasty – K

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A story to read. I can feel how you must have felt.

La Belle Vie...

…Hmmm guys, today’s post is not one with a happy ending either, neither do I have nice photos to share because the trip never happened since I got bounced at the border of a country I least expected HaHaHa! You can’t even guess…. OK GUESS! It’s Croatia!!!

I really don’t intend to underestimate Croatia, I mean I tried visiting the country, but imagine Croatia of all places bounced me at the border control.

It was a long 3-day weekend, so we thought why not discover Zagreb?!  it was supposed to be a fun trip with some friends from work. I was all hyped and certainly, it was gonna be awesome. The usual hype of a road trip, everything seemed to be going fine until we arrived at the border. It was time for passport check and all, as a frequent traveler I had no iota of doubt since I “thought”…

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This is wonderful. Love it. Bravo!

Payal Dutta


“What took you long?”

“Finding you.”

In the bright darkness, we met each other finally. It seemed to me like we aged neverFitting perfectly in each other, the twists and turns were smoothest this time.

“How did you find me?”

“So desired Richard’s will.”

“So you’ve been staying with Charles all these days?”

“He recently broke his leg.”

There was an awkward silence in the room for a few minutes. Then our conversation continued.

“I stayed with Richard most of the time. He treated me like his only possession. Unwilling to depart from me ever.”

“What then?”

“Cancer, they said.”


“Charles knew about me. He knew how possessive Richard was about me. He waited for him to die.”

“So he broke all ties and let him die?”

“He did. Charles broke Richard’s trust many a times before. Richard left Charles with nothing but me. From…

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