Selfish Kindness – Part 1
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 11:17
A kind man benefits himself,
but a cruel man brings trouble on himself.
I entitled today’s lesson “selfish kindness” hoping to capture the essence of today’s scripture. In this case, “selfish” does not need to be a bad trait. (I realize that being kind with a motivation that is totally self-centered is the abuse of this concept.) It is a fact of life that Solomon is pointing out in Proverbs 11:17. A person who does his best to operate his daily life with an attitude of kindness will gain beneficial returns. Our scripture reminds us of the opposite truth: a person who is cruel to people around him, will soon see trouble coming back in return.
When couples practice kindness with ever-increasing levels, it’s a fact of marital life that they will benefit! It doesn’t even take both to make this principle work. If one of the two decides to believe in, and put into practice, this “kindness” principle, they will enjoy the benefits. Obviously, it is a wonderful thing if both would agree to and practice kindness. The benefits multiply as they both operate under this biblical rule.
One caution: These benefits are lasting and real, but not always immediate! If someone “gives to get” by doing a kind deed, looking for an immediate return, it’s an abuse of the principle. We must decide we want to be known as a kind person – no matter what happens. When we operate with that sincere motive, the benefits will begin to flow into our lives! Tomorrow we will look at some of these benefits, but today – decide to believe in the principle!
Father, your Word is true, I will trust it and practice kindness, knowing that eventually the benefits will bless me abundantly. In Jesus’ Name, amen.