The Value of Kindness Traits
This is what can happen when the kindness
traits are lacking in a person...Everyone in the office was
surprised when Jim broke his engagement with Doris. For Doris was
beautiful, brilliant,and attractive; the kind of girl, it seemed,
whom anyone would be glad to marry.
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Yet Jim had good reasons for his decision. He began
to notice that Doris was unpleasant and discourteous to many people.
She would turn on the charm for him, but she was consistently mean
to the newsboy, the waitress, and the attendant at the gas station.
Jim wisely saw that if they married, she would in
time treat him (and their children) the same way. He just did not
want any. The person who harbors hatreds and grudges against others;
who feels that other people are always giving him a dirty deal, is a
poor marriage risk.
Prejudice against members of other racial groups is
often an expression of personality difficulties which should cause
one to stop, look, and listen. The Nazis were not regarded as good
neighbors. Neither will anyone be who act toward others as they did.
We may not blame the person who is cruel, vicious,
or mean. Often he is "more to be pitied than censured," but
nevertheless he is not a good marriage risk. Even at best, those who
live in the intimacy of marriage will hurt each other.
A basic gentleness and kindness traits toward
others is an essential which you should be sure about before you
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit
in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There is no law against
these things! Galatians 5:22