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Doing to Others is the Milk of Kindness

Doing to Others is the Milk of Kindness

My grandson’s left-over cup of milk sat on the counter. Hot and humid, it had begun turning into cottage cheese and worse. I wrestled with the lid and then dumped the contents down the drain. By the looks of things in our nation, I thought, watching the clumps of coagulated white gather in the drain, the milk of human kindness has gone sour like my grandson’s milk.

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31 (NIV)

Let’s not make this too difficult. It’s known as the golden rule. Probably because it is indeed worth a treasure. It’s a great verse to quote to children, but apparently a difficult one for adults to follow.

If you are a parent or grandparent wondering what sort of world our children will inherit, you aren’t alone. If your eyes are glued to the television while paradoxical images of social distancing and mobbing fill the screen, you may wonder if kindness is dead and buried.

Kindness will never be outdated. It is always a choice. But, frankly, in my own little house it is difficult to see how I can make a difference in the world. Luke 6 is an incredible chapter for us in our present environment, partly because the world wasn’t so perfect when it was written, but most definitely because violence was knocking on Jesus’ door.

Jesus, while instructing his followers to “Love their enemies, and do good to those who hate you,” gave some rules for kingdom life important for families in the middle of our country’s unrest and insecurity.

  1. Love those hard to love. Kindness doesn’t excuse sin, but it reacts to the sinner with the love of Jesus.
  2. When injustice happens, respond with kindness. Families are laboratories where biblical principles are put into action first and foremost. When “I had it first,” and “he hit me,” rule at-home days, “as you would have them do to you” teaches empathy and restraint.
  3. Be generous without expectations. As much as we love one another, home is often the place we most readily display our worst. Doing takes effort, not expecting in return goes the extra mile.

The gold within the golden rule is its precious ability to change the trajectory of situations and motives. The kindness of our Savior is above every argument, action or right. It is both unfathomable and impossible to duplicate in our own strength. Turns out that the milk of human kindness needs the supernatural power of Jesus. It is not a natural response.

In today’s times when the days seem long and tedious, nerves edgy, and angry voices clamor to be heard, the timing is perfect for going-out-of-our-way-kindness. Like Jesus did. It will be sweet both to the giver and receiver. And it’s an important trait to instill in our children.

By: Sylvia Schroeder serves as Women’s Care Coordinator at Avant Ministries. Mom to four, grandma to 14, and wife to her one and only love, she enjoys writing about all of them. Find her blog at When the House is Quiet. Like her Facebook page or follow her on twitter.

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3 Comments

  1. Sylvia, following that one simple verse can make an amazing difference in families and communities. Thank you for the reminder: “Turns out that the milk of human kindness needs the supernatural power of Jesus. It is not a natural response.”

  2. Watching the clumps of coagulated white gather in the drain, the milk of human kindness has gone sour like my grandson’s milk

    Kindness will never be outdated. It is always a choice.

    Be generous without expectations

    These are just three of the nuggets I pulled out of your article. there is a lot packed in to this short article. Well done.

  3. Sylvia, such a timeless and timely post. Enjoyed it very much.

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