I like the way The Darby translation frequently uses loving-kindness as one word, like they are inseparable. I have heard it said that Kindness is Love in action. I think this is beautiful because love does need an action to show that its real and not just words, this is where kindness is almost the measuring stick for love. For its virtually impossible to find kindness without love. For love to be real, it must be kind and there must be kindness present and evident.
Choosing Kindness: Choose kindness this day, intentionally look at those around you, those in your life, a spouse, family, friends, co-workers, fellow motorists, fellow commuters, etc. and observe the level of kindness you give to them. I don’t like the phase ‘show kindness’, rather it needs to be given away like a gift, not expecting anything in return.
Let Kindness Rule & Let Love Abound
Words in Proverbs that are associated with kindness:
Loving, mercy, truth, heal, help, right, life, wisdom, good, desirable, honor, benefit, cheer, loyalty, reward, sweet, healthy, favor, easy, pure, integrity, generous, steadfastness, righteousness, charm, faithful.
Proverbs 3:3 – Do not let mercy and kindness and truth leave you [instead let these qualities define you];
Proverbs 31:26 – …And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue [giving counsel and instruction].
Proverbs 11:17 – [ A God-Shaped Life ] When you’re kind to others, you help yourself; when you’re cruel to others, you hurt yourself.
Proverbs 15:4 – Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim.
Proverbs 21:21 – Whoever goes hunting for what is right and kind finds life itself—glorious life!
Proverbs 31:10-31 – When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly.
Proverbs 19:22 – The desire of a man is his kindness:
Proverbs 31:26 – She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
Proverbs 3:3 – Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
Proverbs 14:22 – But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.
Proverbs 19:22 – What is desirable in a man is his kindness,
Proverbs 31:26 – She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
Proverbs 11:16 – A kindhearted woman gains honor,
Proverbs 11:17 – Those who are kind benefit themselves,
Proverbs 12:25 – Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
Proverbs 3:3 – Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
Proverbs 11:17 – Your kindness will reward you,
Proverbs 16:24 – Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
Proverbs 31:26 – When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.
Proverbs 19:22 – What is desired in a man is kindness,
Proverbs 31:26 – She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
Proverbs 11:17 – A man of kindness attracts favor,
Proverbs 13:2 – The words of the wise are kind and easy to swallow,
Proverbs 14:22 – …But kindness and truth come to those who make plans to be pure in all their ways.
Proverbs 20:28 – Good leadership is built on love and truth, for kindness and integrity are what keep leaders in their position of trust.
Proverbs 21:14 – …A kind, generous gift goes a long way to soothe the anger of one who is livid.
Proverbs 31:26 – Her teachings are filled with wisdom and kindness as loving instruction pours from her lips.
Young’s Literal Translation
Proverbs 3:3 – Let not kindness and truth forsake thee
Proverbs 11:17 – A kind man is rewarding his own soul,
Proverbs 16:6 – In kindness and truth pardoned is iniquity…
Proverbs 19:22 – The desirableness of a man [is] his kindness,
Proverbs 20:6 – A multitude of men proclaim each his kindness, And a man of steadfastness who doth find?
Proverbs 20:28 – Kindness and truth keep a king, And he hath supported by kindness his throne.
Proverbs 21:21 – Whoso is pursuing righteousness and kindness, Findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
Proverbs 31:26 – Her mouth she hath opened in wisdom, And the law of kindness [is] on her tongue.
Proverbs 3:3 – Let not loving-kindness and truth forsake thee;
Proverbs 14:22 – …but loving-kindness and truth are for those that devise good.
Proverbs 16:6 – By loving-kindness and truth iniquity is atoned for…
Proverbs 19:22 – The charm of a man is his kindness;
Proverbs 20:6 – Most men will proclaim every one his own kindness; but a faithful man who shall find?
Proverbs 31:26 – She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and upon her tongue is the law of kindness.