Where’s the Kindness?

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We all are under obligation to follow the laws of our land determined by our constitution and court system.  But there is a law that many people have overlooked.   When it is followed we find great happiness.  We read about this wise and rewarding law in Proverbs 31.  It is a code that should be lived out toward every person from those near and dear to the one we meet on the street.  “She opens her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.”  Prov 31:26   This is describing a strong, resourceful and successful woman.  She is also “…a woman that fears the Lord.”  God has given us through this woman an important secret to helping manage life’s challenges.

Have you noticed that you can hardly turn around without hearing some form of emotional abuse?  Sometimes we find ourselves making biting remarks toward a spouse, yelling at our children, or just neglecting to see another person as an incredibly valuable human being with talents and abilities to contribute something good if not great to this world.  Could it be that more than anything we long for someone to show us kindness?  “The greatest thing a man can do for his heavenly Father is to be kind to some of His other children.”  Henry Drummond

What about when we have legitimate complaints toward a person, when we really need to ask them to change their behavior?  “For if you talk meekly and courteously to them they are more likely with God’s help to turn away from their wrong ideas and believe what is true.”  2 Tim 2:24, 25    Sometimes we struggle with a marriage going sour or children who are sullen and resentful.  Often we are just love hungry, longing for a few kinds words.  “Kind words are the music of the world.  It seems as if they could almost do what in reality God alone can do- soften the hard and angry hearts of men.”  Frederick William Faber   Friends, have we truly responded to our God-given conscience?  We instinctively know much of how we should treat others.  “…For down in their hearts they know right from wrong.  Gods laws are written within them…”  Rom 2:13  If there is even one person from whom we are withholding kindness we have become a law-breaker.

Ultimately how we treat people is a matter of the heart.  “For a man’s heart determines his speech…a good man’s speech reveals the rich treasures within him.”  Matt 12:33  Will you join me in reaching toward the goal given to us so beautifully in God’s word?  How wonderful when we can finally say, “We have been kind and truly loving and filled with the Holy Spirit.”  2 Cor 6:6  God bless!  Vivian

Clear here to read about the faith and kindness of a woman named Zarephath.

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Have you ever said to yourself, “Will I pull through?  Life is giving me too much grief. I need someone who understands the ups and downs and can make some rhyme or reason out of all this heartache.”  Like one person said, “Ain’t nobody got time for this!”  Right here might be a good place to say that believe it or not Jesus has everything under control.  His resources are unlimited.  He is the one“…in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”  Col 2:3   He’s got what it takes!  “Because of his great power he rules forever.  He watches every movement of the nations.”  Ps 66:7   Besides understanding the big picture He also watches over me personally.  “…For he holds our lives in his hands.  And he holds our feet to the path.”  Ps 66:8

So when the going gets tough why do I think I’ll be ok?  Friends, I believe that as a follower of Christ I can take heart that God has a plan to get me through the difficult times.  Every day He is changing and transforming me into a new person.  “Though our bodies are dying, our inner strength in the Lord is growing every day.”  2 Cor 4:16   Even when life is dealing us incredible trauma God is right there holding us together.  We are steadily moving forward, becoming all God has in mind.  Because of God’s constant care we can be stable regardless of what happens.  Life will never be over for us if we count on God’s encouraging work in our lives.  “…Be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think.”  Rom 12:2   In this newness, life takes on fresh meaning.  God is always standing by us even when we forget He’s there.  God sees each of us as individuals.   He’s calling each one of us to embrace life and all it brings.  Don’t quit!  You can find real lasting peace when you acknowledge the One who has it all.

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