Kindness is never out of place or inappropriate. Laughter can be ill-timed. A smile may be inadvisable in certain situations. Silence may need to be substituted for speaking sometimes. But kindness offered in love is always welcome and fitting.
Kindness isn’t merely an emotion, or an action of the facial muscles – it’s a luscious, good-to-the-core fruit the Holy Spirit produces in and brings forth out of us to benefit others. This fruit is never bitter, never in bad taste, and never considered a faux pas when given to another. The only mistake one can make with kindness is to withhold it.