The Simple Rule of Kindness

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32 

In the record of history, certain names stand out, and one of those names is Robert E. Lee. He is renowned as the Confederate General during the American Civil War. However, there’s a lesser-known chapter in Lee’s life that offers a timeless lesson—one that centers around a single rule: “BE KIND.” 

After retiring from the military, Robert E. Lee assumed the role of President at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. While leading the university from 1865 to 1870, he had a profound impact on the institution and its students. 

One day, a new student approached General Lee and requested a copy of the school’s rules and regulations. Lee’s response was unexpected: “Son, we don’t have any rules and regulations in print.” The student, puzzled, asked if there were no rules at all. To this, Lee replied, “You know, we do have one rule… and that one rule is simply this… BE KIND!” 

“BE KIND” may seem like a simple directive, but its implications are profound. In a world that often emphasizes the complexities of rules and regulations, Lee’s wisdom shines as a beacon of simplicity and grace. He recognized that the foundation of a thriving community is not built on an exhaustive list of dos and don’ts but rather on the principle of kindness. 

As believers in Christ, we are called to embrace this principle wholeheartedly. Ephesians 4:32 reminds us to “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Our Savior, Jesus Christ, exemplified kindness throughout His earthly ministry. He reached out to the outcasts, healed the sick, and showed love to those society had rejected. 

Kindness is a universal language that transcends barriers, and it has the power to transform lives. When we choose to be kind, we reflect the love and grace of our Heavenly Father to those around us. Our acts of kindness can brighten someone’s day, offer hope to the hurting, and lead others to encounter the unconditional love of Christ. 

Today, take your cue from General Robert E. Lee and remember the one simple rule: “BE KIND.” Let kindness be the hallmark of our interactions, and may it serve as a testament to the extraordinary love we have received from our Heavenly Father. 

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“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

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