14th September 2011

Kindness

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

Some people seem more naturally kind than others, but kindness is not an instinctive human reaction.  It is part of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) and that means God is willing to work kindness into our hearts and minds if we ask Him. 

Charles Dickens said, “The worthiest cause is kindness and it is timeless.”  And a Japanese proverb says, “One kind word can warm three winter months.” 

Luke 6:35 tells us God “is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”  And we must be like Him and do good and be helpful to others, even those who dislike us and are unthankful.  As it says in Philippians 2:5 (NLT), “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” 

“A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people” (2 Timothy 2:24 NLT). 

Paul tells us in Colossians, “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (3:12 NLT). 

A kind word never falls on barren ground—it always produces fruit and as Frederick Faber said, “Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence or learning.” 

Lao Tzu said:
“Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.” 

So let’s make sure we are kind in thoughts, words and deeds. 

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for showing us that we need to be kind to each other.  Everyone is fighting a hard battle.  Please help us to always show kindness to others and do it gladly.
Amen
 

Study by Jill Newman

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  1. John Magowan on September 14th, 2011 9:55 am

    Thank you for your “kind” thoughts this morning, Jill. The subject of kindness may not be a “heavyweight”, theologically, but when put into practice, it can have a major impact for good in people’s lives. I imagine many wars might have been averted, had it been kind and positive words used in discussions, rather than hurtful and aggressive words.

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