Be kind

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Character and integrity”
Our Bible verse for today: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Be kind”
The other day I was sitting in a doctor’s office waiting my turn to be seen and I noticed a mural on one of the walls. It was made up of lots of handwritten comments, observations, and suggestions about kindness. Each one was from some notable figure such as a celebrity or writer or political leader. I found it interesting and inspiring. One of the sayings that captured my attention was “Sometimes a miracle comes in the form of a good person with a kind heart.”
Amen! Yes. Answers to prayers and accompanying miracles (both large and small), come to us from God but through His people. You are often the answer to someone else’s prayer. You can be the conduit through which a blessing from God flows to someone else.
The truth is that everyone is struggling with something. Everyone has something going on in their life they wish was not there and which is causing them anxiety, despair, or maybe even grief. Every person you meet today will be struggling with something. Even if they’re keeping it private, it’s there. I believe it was C.S. Lewis who once wrote, “There is always one thing more going on in every person’s life of which you know nothing.”  That’s very true. So, be kind.
In Colossians 3:12 (above) the Apostle Paul used the illustration of clothing to describe the godly virtues that should form the basis of the Christian’s conduct – compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience. Paul urges us to clothe ourselves with such things. In other words, just as someone looks at you and sees the shirt, pants, or dress you are wearing, so too they should see the compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience with which you treat others.
Men and women of character and integrity are not modern-day Pharisees compulsively keeping a long list of religious rules and regulations. Instead, they are known for being like Jesus in their demeanor and in their conduct. What does that look like in actual practice in everyday life? We’ve considered part of the answer today, it means being kind to people. We’ll explore this a little deeper tomorrow.
God bless,
Pastor Jim     
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