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Kindness

Kindness will get you far in life.

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Expressions of Love

My friends and I always enjoyed 'heart attacking' people's rooms. This one we did a little differently for my roommate. Love notes on post-it notes. There are many ways you can express your love for others.

Importance of Love

I find it interesting that both of the two great commandments are associated with love.  They are found in the New Testament in Matthew 22:36-40 which reads:

“Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Surely, love is a major Christ-like attribute that brings us closer to Him and closer to becoming His disciples as it explains in John 13:34-35:

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

Not only does this attribute of love distinguish us as disciples of Christ, it is also a commandment that we must follow.

How do we show our love?

So, we know the importance of showing and sharing love with others and with God now.  But how do we show our love?  There are many ways which we can show our love to God.  A couple of these ways include being obedient and sharing our love with others. John 14:15 reads:

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

How simple and straight-forward is that?  He tells us that if we love Him, we are to show Him that we love Him by keeping His commandments.  I want to say that this includes more than just the Ten Commandments that He gave Moses.  This includes the little promptings that He gives us to do good to others.  Which leads to the other way that we can show our love to the Lord.

We can show our love to the Lord by treating others as sons and daughters of God.  This is explained in Matthew 25:34-40:

“Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat:  I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink:  I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Naked, and ye clothed me:  I was sick, and ye visited me:  I was in prison, and ye came unto me

Then shall the righteous answer Him saying, Lord when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee?  or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in?  or naked, and clothed thee?

Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

We show our love to the Lord as we show our love to others.

Expressions of Love to Others

So, how do we express our love to others?  It was mentioned previously as helping others through loving service.  This is a great way to show love.  There are numerous other ways to show love.  Sometimes a simple smile, hug, or acknowledgement is a huge expression of love to people.  Sometimes a simple note does the trick.  Other times it is important to say out loud that you love someone.  There is a quote by William Shakespeare that says:

“They do not love, that do not show their love.”

How are you showing your love for the Lord and for others?

 

Serving with Love

What can I give?

Two Questions

This morning as I was doing my daily study of the scriptures and the word of God, I was reminded again of how important it is for one to think of others, rather than just himself.  The two questions that were put into my thoughts were

  1. What can I get/do for myself?
  2. What can I give/do for others?

Which of these questions occupies your mind the most?  I believe that most of us are worried about ourselves.  We are worried that we will have enough to cover our needs.  But it goes beyond our needs many times and we wonder what we can do to make our lives more comfortable when perhaps the needs of other people are left unmet.

This Semester

This semester in school, I have tried to think more of what I can do for other people, particularly in relation to Family Home Evening (FHE).  Family Home Evening is an evening out of the week where we (either families or groups of young single adults) get together and have a gospel lesson, an activity, and usually a treat.  It is a great time for us to get to know each other better and spend time with each other.

Anyway, many times I was in charge of the activity.  The first day that I was in charge of the activity, my mind was filled with the quote about not thinking of what you can do for yourself but of what you can do for others.  So, I made it my goal this last semester to have a service activity of sorts whenever I was in charge of the activity.

It went really well, and my FHE group always felt good afterwards.  That is the interesting thing about service.  You cannot really give without feeling good inside.

People need you

There are people out there who need your love and your help.  Please do not pass up opportunities to serve.  Thomas S. Monson once said:

“The needs of others are ever present, and each of us can do something to help someone…Unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives.”

I have found that it is when I serve others that I feel the best about myself.  I actually feel like I am doing something good and worthwhile.  In fact, sometimes it almost makes me giddy inside.  This is especially true as I do anonymous acts of service.

It doesn’t have to be big

Our service to others does not have to be a big or huge effort or act of service.  Little, tiny acts of service do just as much good, and sometimes more good than huge acts of service do.  Sometimes a simple smile is what someone needs to brighten their day and help them to keep going.  Spencer W. Kimball said this about service:

“It is vital that we serve each other in the kingdom…So often, our acts of service consist of simple encouragement or of giving…help with mundane tasks, but what glorious consequences can flow…from small but deliberate deeds!”

By small and simple things great things happen.  A little note or a hug is often all someone needs to have a brighter day.

Relationships

Serving others strengthens relationships.  When we serve with a loving heart, we come to love those we serve.  In the Sermon on the Mount the Savior says in Matthew 5:44:

“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and  persecute you.”

The Savior is telling us that through doing good to others we are living His higher law.  Through serving others, even and especially those we do not believe like us, brings us to love them.  Joseph B. Wirthlin says this about service strengthening relationships:

“Kindness is the essence of greatness…(It) is a passport that opens doors and fashions friends.  It softens hearts and molds relationships that can last lifetimes.”

Serving others helps to soften their hearts and bring them closer to their Savior.  Sometimes people do not accept service or do not like to let other people serve them.  While we must respect people’s wishes, I have found that sometimes I just need to act and do something.  Rather than ask if someone needs help with something, sometimes I just need to get up and start helping them.  It has been my experience that they are usually extremely grateful for the help and the act of love.

You can make a difference in the world and in somebody’s life by serving, and your life will be richly blessed by doing so.