Try A Little Kindness (KINDNESS) 5 Of 9 by James Merritt

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GALATIANS 5:22

“TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS

INTRODUCTION

1. AFTER CONFEDERATE GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE
RETIRED FROM THE MILITARY, HE WAS NAMED PRESIDENT OF
WASHINGTON & LEE UNIVERSITY IN LEXINGTON, VIRGINIA,
ORIGINALLY NAMED WASHINGTON ACADEMY BECAUSE OF A
GIFT FROM GEORGE WASHINGTON. THE NAME WAS
CHANGED IN 1871 IN HONOR OF GENERAL LEE.

2. WHILE LEE WAS PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY, A NEW
STUDENT CAME INTO HIS OFFICE AND ASKED FOR A COPY OF
THE SCHOOL’S RULES AND REGULATIONS. LEE LOOKED AT
HIM AND SAID, “SON, WE DON’T HAVE ANY RULES AND
REGULATIONS IN PRINT.” THE YOUNG MAN SAID, “YOU MEAN
THIS SCHOOL HAS NO RULES?” LEE REPLIED, “YES, WE
HAVE ONLY ONE.” HE SAID, “WHAT IS IT?” LEE REPLIED,
“OUR ONLY RULE IS KINDNESS.”1

3. WE ARE LIVING IN A SOCIETY IN WHICH KINDNESS IS
BECOMING AN INCREASINGLY RARE COMMODITY. NOT LONG
AGO, THE FRONT PAGE COVER STORY OF U. S. A. TODAY
BEGAN WITH THIS OBSERVATION:

A SURLY DRIVER CUTS INTO YOUR LANE.
YOUR TEEN-AGER BRINGS HOME A CD WITH
LEWD HOSTILE LYRICS. A POLITICAL CANDIDATE
IN A TV AD MORPHS INTO A CONVICTED
MURDERER. A STAR BASEBALL PLAYER SPITS
AT AN UMPIRE. A RADIO TALK-SHOW JOCKEY
INSULTS THE PRESIDENT WHILE HE’S SITTING
RIGHT THERE. . .IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO IGNORE THE
GROWING RUDENESS, EVEN HARSHNESS, OF
AMERICAN LIFE.2

4. WE HAVE BECOME A SOCIETY IN WHICH THE MILK OF
HUMAN KINDNESS HAS CURDLED. AN OVERWHELMING
MAJORITY OF AMERICANS—89% IN A U.S. NEWS & WORLD
REPORT POLL—THINK INCIVILITY IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM.
MORE THAN THREE IN FOUR SAID IT HAS GOTTEN WORSE IN
THE LAST TEN YEARS.3

5. I WENT INTO MY COMPUTER, GOT ON THE INTERNET, AND
TYPED IN THE WORD KINDNESS AND HIT “SEARCH.” I FOUND,
AMONG MANY THINGS, THAT THERE IS NOW A NOT-FOR-
PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT YOU CAN JOIN CALLED “THE
KINDNESS SOCIETY.” THIS IS THEIR PURPOSE: “WE ARE
STRIVING TO SPREAD KINDNESS BY FOLLOWING A SIMPLE
RULE: DO NOT THINK, SPEAK, OR ACT UNKINDLY TOWARD
OTHERS.”

6. WELL, EVERYBODY CAN RELATE WITH KINDNESS AND
EVERYONE CAN RESPOND TO KINDNESS. MARK TWAIN ONCE
SAID, “KINDNESS IS A LANGUAGE WHICH THE DEAF CAN HEAR
AND THE BLIND CAN READ.”4

7. JUST WHAT IS KINDNESS? THE WORD ITSELF LITERALLY
MEANS THAT WHICH IS “GOOD,” “HELPFUL,” “SUITABLE.” IT
LITERALLY MEANS “TO BE GRACIOUS TO OTHERS.” AS I RAN
OVER IN MY MIND WHAT KINDNESS REALLY WAS, I CAME UP
WITH THIS DEFINITION: KINDNESS IS TREATING OTHERS THE
WAY GOD HAS TREATED YOU. THE BIBLE SAYS IN EPH.
4:32, “AND BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER, TENDERHEARTED,
FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, JUST AS GOD IN CHRIST ALSO
FORGAVE YOU.”

8. NOW AS I THOUGHT ABOUT KINDNESS, I THOUGHT ABOUT
AN INCIDENT IN THE LIFE OF JESUS WHICH NOT ONLY SHOWS
US KINDNESS, BUT TEACHES US VALUABLE LESSONS ON THE
KINDNESS THAT GOD EXPECTS FROM US. IT IS ONE OF THE
MOST TENDER, SWEET, AND YET VERY FAMILIAR INCIDENTS
IN THE LIFE OF JESU ...


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