“Let us learn a lesson from the centurion’s example.
Let us, like him, show kindness to every one with whom we have to do.
Let us strive to have an eye ready to see, and a hand ready to help, and a heart ready to feel, and a will ready to do good to all.
Let us be ready to weep with them that weep, and rejoice with them that rejoice.
This is one way to recommend our religion, and make it beautiful before men.
Kindness is a grace that all can understand.
This is one way to be like our blessed Saviour. If there is one feature in His character more notable than another, it is His unwearied kindness and love.
This is one way to be happy in the world, and see good days. Kindness always brings its own reward.
The kind person will seldom be without friends.”
–J.C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on Luke (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1858/2012), 1: 155. Ryle is commenting on Luke 7:1-10.