And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. – Ephesians 4:32
August 25-31 is BE KIND TO HUMANKIND WEEK! If ever we needed to extend kindness and quite frankly, receive it… it is NOW! Can I get an AMEN???
A mom said YES when her daughter asked if she could wear her mermaid outfit to church. How kind of her! How many others were touched as a result?
Can a tree be kind? If so, the humble Sycamore was kind to ol’ Zach that day when Jesus was in town! Kind trees, and people, are more interested in the wellbeing of others in their realm of influence than they are in themselves. After Zacchaeus climbed down from the tree, did you see it recorded in God’s Word that the tree began to boast and brag about its part of the story? Did the Sycamore demand to be given a medal of valor? No… the humble little Sycamore just stayed rooted right there and felt grateful to be used by Father God in the story.Kind people are sensitive souls, but it’s better than having a hard heart. Humble bees don’t wear their Christianity in an obvious way, but those around them know where they stand and what they believe. They live their life quietly and walk humbly with the LORD.
Kind folks keep lists. Now, as they get older, those lists may get misplaced from time to time, but there’s always a list of tasks to do. There’s always someone who needs to receive a call or letter – and certainly someone who needs a prayer said for them!Kindness means accepting everyone where they are. God sees us and knows where we are and where we need to be heading. He doesn’t point a crooked finger at us and start nagging – so why should we?Being kind encompasses encouragement. It’s easy to say nice things to those we are comfortable around and are friends with, but what about people that you would not normally reach out to? I challenge you to encourage someone you would not normally speak to, let alone encourage.This is the most difficult of all things… know that God has forgiven you, and now… forgive yourself. Don’t let the devil rob you of the joy God wants you to have. He will try to tell you that God didn’t really forgive you – because you can still remember what you did. Well, yes – there are consequences for sin to be sure, but that does not mean that God didn’t forgive the sinful act. Once you have forgiven yourself, you can be a more kind person to others. That weight will be lifted and life will be so much better!Don’t be afraid to take the risk… we’ve all hidden in the ivy vine at one time or the other! Sometimes the experience is enough to make you think, “That’s IT – I’m never going to try to be nice to anyone ever again!” Well, just know that it’s not an attitude that comes from God. When people stomp your heart and misunderstand your intentions, just back off and go home. Have a good cry and pray to God for answers. He will help you get your act together so you can get over the trauma of rejection and hurt feelings – and try again. Folks in the world would say… GET OVER IT AND GET ON WITH IT.
Keep living a simple life and walk humbly with your God. Be genuine. Be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit this week. If you ask Him to bring others across your path, He will answer that prayer. Be the person God wants you to be. Put on the full armor of God, then pray and wait… see what God has in store for you this week.
My friend, Terri Boggs Rowe, not only spoke these words, but took the photo! Is she talented, or what??? This is her husband and their daughter dancing. Awe… The first time I saw this picture, I have to tell you, tears came to my eyes. How many fathers take the time to dance with their daughters? The message here is, even in your own family…
Be ye kind. If being kind works out for you all week long, why not make it a permanent lifestyle change? Just a thought. 🙂