"Be ye kind"

Kindness is a mark of true greatness. It is love applied. Kind thoughts are necessarily the basis for kind deeds. Kindness demands expression, maybe through some simple act—perhaps only a friendly glance, a smile, or a word. The expressing of this quality becomes easier and more habitual as we constantly turn away from a circumscribed, human sense of self and recognize our true selfhood as the reflection of God, who is Love. Since God is Love, and man is God's image and likeness, man is loving.

On page 295 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" Mrs. Eddy states that "kindness in its largest, profoundest sense is goodness." And on page 465 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" she lists "goodness" as one of "the attributes of God" which are reflected by the real man. Kindness, therefore, as goodness, is an innate quality of man, continually expressed. The true man, even as is his eternal Father, is "most wonderfully kind."

John had a clear concept of God as Love, and he taught that the way to show forth our love for God is by loving our fellow men. He said, "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?"

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