Be kind to everyone, for everyone is fighting a fierce battle. (Plato, ancient Greek philosopher)
Sometimes we are distressed by the unpleasant behavior of a friend or even a stranger. We may want to respond in a similar unkind way. But Plato’s reminder can be very helpful in situations like that. Don’t be too fast to speak up. If we can be patient and sympathetic to the plight of other people, we may be able to speak a kind word of encouragement.
Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body (Proverbs 16:24).