50 Kindness Quotes from the Old and New Testaments

There is some act of kindness which everyone can do. Because we are not always aware of the people in our presence who are aching for a show of kindness, it is wise to show kindness to everyone we can, in any way we can.

Kindness Even to Animals

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Summary of Kindness Quotes

Section
Synonym
Shade of Meaning
1.
Courtesy
civil kindness
2.
Favor
undeserved kindness
3.
Generosity
lavish kindness
4.
Hospitality
cordial kindness
5.
Service
helpful kindness

Following are 50 kindness quotes all extracted from the Old and New Testaments in the New Living Translation of the Bible, unless noted otherwise. They are equally divided under 5 sub-headings which are all synonyms for kindness.

Courtesy

  1. We prove ourselves by … our kindness (2 Corinthians 6: 6).
  2. She [the virtuous woman] gives instructions with kindness (Proverbs 31: 26).
  3. Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder (Proverbs 3:3).
  4. Love is patient and kind (1 Corinthians 13:4).
  5. Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with ... kindness (Colossians 3:12).
  6. Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you (Ephesians 4:32).
  7. Sympathize with each other… Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude (1 Peter 3:8).
  8. A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone (2 Timothy 2:24).
  9. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? (Matthew 5:47)
  10. Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The Lord rescues them when they are in trouble (Psalm 41:1).


Favor

  1. If you come upon your enemy’s ox or donkey that has strayed away, take it back to its owner (Exodus 23:4).
  2. If you search for good, you will find favor; but if you search for evil, it will find you! (Proverbs 11:27)
  3. If you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin (James 2:9).
  4. Do not twist justice in legal matters by favoring the poor or being partial to the rich and powerful. Always judge people fairly (Leviticus 19:15).
  5. [Joseph to the butler in prison] Please remember me and do me a favor when things go well for you (Genesis 40:14).
  6. If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor”—well, doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives? (James 2:3).
  7. Many seek favors from a ruler; everyone is the friend of a person who gives gifts! (Proverbs 19:6)
  8. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5;8).
  9. Jesus ... said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you? ... Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” (John 8: 10, 11)
  10. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace (Numbers 6: 26).


Generosity

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  1. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more (Luke 6:38).
  2. Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do (Deuteronomy 15: 10).
  3. Generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity (Isaiah 32: 8).
  4. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously (Romans 12: 8).
  5. He helps the poor, does not lend money at interest … Such a person will not die because of his father’s sins; he will surely live (Ezekiel 18:17).
  6. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you (Matthew 6:4).
  7. They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever (2 Corinthians 9:9).
  8. Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow (Matthew 5:42).
  9. Don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully. (2 Corinthians 9:7).
  10. The materials donated by the people of Israel as sacred offerings for the completion of the sanctuary... were more than enough to complete the whole project (Exodus 36: 3, 7).


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Hospitality

  1. Don’t forget to be kind to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! (Hebrews 13:2 the Living Bible)
  2. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay (1 Peter 4: 9).
  3. [Boaz to Ruth] I have warned the young men not to treat you roughly. And when you are thirsty, help yourself to the water they have drawn from the well (Ruth 2:9).
  4. Abraham ... looked up and noticed three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran to meet them and welcomed them, bowing low to the ground (Genesis 18:1).
  5. When she [Rebekah] had given him [Isaac’s servant] a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels, too, until they have had enough to drink.” (Genesis 24:19)
  6. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality (Romans 12: 13).
  7. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve to be fed (Matthew 10:10).
  8. Whenever you enter someone’s home, first say, ‘May God’s peace be on this house (Luke 10:5).
  9. Samuel took Saul up to the roof of the house and prepared a bed for him there (1 Samuel 9:25).
  10. The king will say, "I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink...When you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ (Matthew 25: 34-40)


Service

"Helping the Homeless" by Ed Yourdon
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  1. If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink (Proverbs 25: 21).
  2. She (the virtuous woman) extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy (Proverbs 31: 20).
  3. Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? (James 2:15)
  4. Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows (Isaiah 1:17).
  5. When the boy was older, his mother brought him back to Pharaoh’s daughter, who adopted him as her own son. The princess named him Moses (Exodus 2:10).
  6. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help (Isaiah 58:7).
  7. Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him (Acts 10:38).
  8. There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha (which in Greek is Dorcas). She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor (Acts 9:36).
  9. A Jewish man was … attacked by bandits. They … left him half dead beside the road. Then a despised Samaritan came along … soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them (Luke 10: 30-34).
  10. Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. (John 12:3).

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billybuc 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

Could that young girl in the first picture be any prettier? My goodness,what a beauty. And what a great topic for any day...kindness...what the world needs more of. Thank you for starting my day off right.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia

Well MsDora, there are so many important lessons within these quotes. Christians and non-Christians alike need to read these and take notice. Thank you for sharing this extensive list of kindness quotes from the Bible. Voted up.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Bill, the girl pulled at me, too and I think that her beautiful image is a perfect match for a beautiful topic. Thanks for the affirmation.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Jodah, thanks for your kind comment. I learn a lot from these quotes, too.


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word55 16 months ago from Chicago

Hi dear Dee, This is such a great hub to make life so much more loving. This makes me feel so great to be a lifelong student of the invaluable Bible. The quotes are a continuation of excellence that you write about and the pictures are very precious. You always hit a home run with each hub you belt out. Thank you and keep up the good work. God bless!


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glynch1 16 months ago

I like the following two verses, because they speak about mankind's primary need:

"Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?" (Romans 2:4)

"The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)


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PAINTDRIPS 16 months ago from Fresno CA

MsDora, a beautifully researched reminder that we need to be kind to all we meet, friend and foe alike. In a day when there is so much hurt and hate going around, I think this was the best reminder we could get! Thanks.


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bravewarrior 16 months ago from Central Florida

These are beautiful quotes, Dora. Kindness is a virtue we were born to share and practice. In my opinion it takes quite a bit of effort to be unkind. If people would just let themselves do and be what comes naturally, the world would be a better place.


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MarleneB 16 months ago from Northern California, USA

Oh MsDora, the photo you selected for this lesson is divine. That little girl is absolutely adorable. Just reading today encourages me to stay in kindness mode all day. May your day be richly blessed.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Word, your comment is so kind. You also touch me about being a lifelong Bible student; there is always something to learn.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Glynch, I am extremely happy to hear from you. Thanks for contributing those two verses. The"kindness of God" is certainly the ultimate.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Paintdrips. I agree that reminders from the Scriptures are always necessary.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Shauna, I second your opinion. Thanks for your beautiful contribution to the topic.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Marlene, glad to share some encouragement. It boomerangs. Thanks for your feedback..


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Ericdierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Sometimes I find myself praying for something. And that is good. However it always seems that it is better to act in kindness for it heals my wounds and those of another. I take this fine compilation as an act of kindness from you as it makes finding good thoughts easier for me. Thank you


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glynch1 16 months ago

brave warrior,

In my opinion, too many folks are just "letting themselves do and be what comes naturally" without passing their thoughts and actions through a biblical, moral grid. In fact, most people do not even have a biblical, moral framework they can use to judge their thoughts and deeds.

Biblically speaking, people are not naturally good; on the contrary, they have a bent toward doing what is unrighteous. That is why we need so many reminders and instructions to be kind. Before we can perform truly kind deeds, we must first respond to God's kindness and turn away from our natural tendencies that lead us to do what does not please God.


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RonElFran 16 months ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

I particularly like your first verse under "service," Proverbs 25: 21. If we ever really let that verse shape our attitudes toward our enemies, this would become a much different world.


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Zubair Ahmed 16 months ago

Excellent hub. thank you for sharing. Shame really that as humans many in society have decided to stray away from the bible, quran, torah and other religious scriptures only at the determent of humanity and a cohesive society.


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m abdullah javed 16 months ago

Thanks MsDora for enlightening us about the words of God, this time related to Kindness... All the five sections have very touchy injunctions. Yes, kindness is the other side of faith, stronger the faith, stronger is the gesture of kindness. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.


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lifegate 16 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Beautifully done MsDora.

I love the uniuqueness of your hubs. They say so much in a way that's easy to follow, and always with meaning. Thanks for sharing this with us.


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South

As always Dora you know how to pull out the good stuff! May you always receive as many blessings as you send out! ^+


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Eric, thanks for your feedback. Always happy to contribute something my readers can use.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Glynch, your message about God's kindness came through even more forcefully this time. Our connection with Him enables our kindness, since we learn it from Him. Thanks for underscoring that.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Ron, I backed up to read that verse again. That's real kindness and is a great creed to live by. Thanks.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Zubair, you're right. We need the Scriptures to guide our lives. Thanks for stating that clearly.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Muhammad, thank you for making that connection between faith and kindness. A very wise insight.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks ill. Easy-to-follow is a motivation for me. I appreciate your encouraging comment.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Jackie, such a sweet and touching comment. I am encouraged and pray blessings on you also.


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lambservant 16 months ago from Pacific Northwest

Thank you Dora. These can't be read, mediated on, and practiced enough! We are studying the fruit of the Spirit in Bible Study and this fits in perfectly, thus I will be sharing. Love this!!!


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton

this list of kindness really can make anyone feel a little bit better about the world. thank you MsDora for giving a reminder tap on the shoulder with this hub.. bless you


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Purpose Embraced 16 months ago from Jamaica

Hi MsDora, these are awesome quotes from the Bible. They are all wrapped up in the Golden Rule, "Do to others as you would have them do to you: (Luke 6:31).

Thanks for sharing.


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AliciaC 16 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

The quotes about the kind actions of humans are so lovely, Dora. Thank you for sharing them. Kindness is very important, especially in today's world.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Lori, thanks for reading and sharing. Bible Study is one of my favorite activities.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Frank, glad to share a good feeling. Thanks for your encouragement.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Purpose, you have given the perfect summary for kindness. Thank you.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Alicia, your comment in itself is an act of kindness. Thank you so much.


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RTalloni 16 months ago from the short journey

It must have been great blessing to go through passages and put this together! Thank you for sharing the quotes.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Robert, I like doing this. I learn and will actually remember some. And yes, it is a blessing. Thanks for your kind comment.


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denise.w.anderson 16 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

Kindness is a much needed virtue in this cold, cruel world. We could all give and receive more of it!


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

True, Denise Thanks for your affirmative feedback.


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BlossomSB 16 months ago from Victoria, Australia

You must have spent so much time and effort in crafting this article. Kindness is one of St. Paul's Fruits of the Spirit he wrote about to the Galatians and so a characteristic that we should try to obtain in our lives. God bless you for bringing this important fruit to our attention.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank, Blossom. It is well worth the time and effort to compile these Bible quotes. It is great to have them handy.


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Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

Oh, MsDora, this is a wonderful hub here and a great reminder of God's teaching to all to be kind. I think it is so important in our daily interactions to be kind. I thought I had already read this one, but it must have been another quotes from the Bible hub of yours, which I love.

Yes, kindness is one of the fruit of the Spirit as Blossom as stated too.

I have a lovely small tapestry hanging on my wall in the small hallway leading out to the garage door and I glance at it before I leave the house each morning, and it has reminded me that we shall be known by our fruit!

Up ++++ and away

God bless you for sharing as always


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Faith, thanks to you, also to Blossom. At first I included Galatians 5:22 about kindness being the fruit of the Spirit, then I changed it for a less popular verse since I believe most people already know that one. It is important for us to know that kindness comes a result of God's spirit producing it in our spirit. Thanks again for mentioning it.


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maggs224 16 months ago from Sunny Spain

What a lovely idea for a hub, and you did it in such a lovely way. Thank you for sharing such an uplifting piece :D


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tillsontitan 16 months ago from New York

What wonderful reminders of what we need to do. "Seek and you shall find", here you have listed ways to look for the truth in a better life. "Do unto others", you have also evoked thought and hopefully some reparation.

Voted up, useful, and awesome.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Maggs, happy that you like the idea. I appreciate your feedback.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Mary, thanks for your very kind remarks and for the votes. I appreciate you!


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maggs224 16 months ago from Sunny Spain

I think that I did not vote up and hit the buttons when I left last time, so I have rectified that by voting up and hitting them this time :D


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Romeos Quill 16 months ago from Lincolnshire, England

Another perfect article by you MsDora.

Your five sections on the ' Summary of Kindness Quotes ' are a perpetual education for the heart and pivotal attitude prompts when one's conscience is feeling less charitable than it ought to be when encountering trying people.

Thank you for your service and send my best to you and your mother today for a peaceful evening.

Warm Regards;

R.Q.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Romeos, thank you very much for your comment and for your kind regards. I appreciate you.


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ChitrangadaSharan 16 months ago from New Delhi, India

Excellent hub and beautiful quotes!

There is no alternative to kindness and what a beautiful World will it be, if everyone is kind towards others in words, deeds and thoughts.

Thank you for a lovely hub, voted up!


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Chitrangada, I like your comment. Thank you very much.


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FlourishAnyway 16 months ago from USA

Everyone could benefit from the wisdom you so beautifully share here. The world can use more kindness. Voted up and more.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Flourish. I appreciate your kindness via your comment and your vote. Glad you like the article.


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Michael-Milec 16 months ago

Voting up and awesome. Then I said ouch!

Perfect importune step closer to 'perfection', MsDora. If only people would dare kindness, if we who know the will of the Father would dare to, we would be right there, where Jesus wants us to be, "that is why you must be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect."(Matt.5:48, GW Transl.)

May the blessedness of God be upon you always.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Michael, I receive the blessing and ask God for similar favors on you and your family. Always good to read your comments. Thank you.


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DREAM ON 15 months ago

I loved your hub. If we fill our heart and mind with kindness ? What are we afraid of? Loving and caring for lifetime. I can't think of anything better in life to do. We can all find little ways to help others. Some day they might turn into big ways. I see a world that makes everyone happy. That is amazing and delightful. My kind of world. Thank you for reminding us how good we all can be. All we have to do is try. I am willing and even if I fail. I get to try again until I get it right. Have a beautiful day.


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you, Dream On, for sharing your perspective on kindness. "What are we afraid of?"


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swalia 15 months ago

Awesome quotes...thanks for sharing!


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Swalia, glad you like the article. I appreciate your comment.


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Courtney Linuza 13 months ago from Riga, Latvia

A great reminder for all of us, thanks! :)


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MsDora 13 months ago from The Caribbean Author

You're welcome, Courtney. We need them often, don't we? Thanks for your visit.


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Paul Kuehn 11 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

These are all beautiful and appropriate quotes from the Bible. I must read it to find more. Thanks for sharing this hub.


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MsDora 11 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Paul, thanks for your encouraging comment. Glad you like the Bible quotes.


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Greensleeves Hubs 7 months ago from Essex, UK

Dora, there are many good words of advice here. Many I would say are natural sentiments of humanity throughout the world and common to decent people regardless of the faith - if any - that they follow. They are the basic human characteristics of empathy and emotional understanding and compassion which bind all humane societies together.

Some quotes however show genuine insight into human failings which are still sadly all too prevalent today, and these pieces of advice need to be understood - not merely in the literal meaning of the words, but also in their deeper implications. Many people, for example, who may regard themselves as decent and kind, nonetheless have their kindness coloured or restricted by some failing such as prejudice and discrimination against anyone whio is different from themselves. In this regard, I particularly like: Courtesy (9), Favor (4), Hospitality (10) and Service (9).


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Alun, thanks for underscoring that kindness and the need for it is universal. Something to think about! I appreciate the fact that you took the time to let me your your favorites.


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vocalcoach 2 months ago from Nashville Tn.

I always like to be reminded to be kind to our enemies. It's easy being kind to friends. So important! We need kindness more today than ever before. It isn't always easy but the rewards are eternal. Great hub.


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MsDora 2 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Audrey. Very kind of you to leave this encouraging comment.


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