What Kindness Is

What is kindness?  After doing a brief word study this is what I learned kindness is:

Knowledgeablehttps://pixabay.com/en/kindness-attitude-grace-design-710209/
Intentional
Nourishment
Devotion
Noble
Encouragement
Service
Selfless

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness,
humility, gentleness and patience.
Col 3:12 niv

I thought I was a kind person and to some extent I am
but I have a lot of work to do to be truly kind.

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

Be Kind…

I don’t have TV service and I don’t listen to the news on the radio very often. I see some snippets of news online and read the newspaper every day. So, I have to admit I am not the most informed person. But from what I do hear and read there isn’t much news I really want to know.

It seems we have become mean little people. Yes, that’s a generalization and maybe unfair but what is reported is mostly ugly. Is it just that the world has gotten smaller because of all the technology we have now and know minute by minute what is happening everywhere? At first, I was thinking that it is only those in power or those who want to behttps://pixabay.com/en/swan-whooper-swan-bird-swans-1191969/ in power that are mean and ugly and the common folk are caught in the middle trying to be nice. After giving it more thought and reading interviews of common folk it seems we, the common folk, are also becoming mean and ugly. Everyone wants to be heard. Yet the respectful and polite seem to be in the minority or aren’t heard because they speak softly. Or perhaps, some people have had enough controversy and contention and no longer make their views known publically.

Whatever anyone is saying there is always going to be someone with different thoughts on any subject. Does that mean it’s okay to argue and get mad and call each other names and make threats? Right or wrong there is a lot of this going on. So, what does Jesus have to say to us?

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 Tim 2:24nlt

Pretty clear to me. Do not quarrel, be kind, teach, be patient. Yes, even with difficult people we are to be patient. We probably think difficult people wouldn’t be so difficult if they would listen to us and agree. But if we think about it aren’t we all difficult at times? Maybe we need to listen to some good advice and do as we are told.

Be kind and compassionate to one another,
forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Eph 4:32 niv

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

 

True Love

We are led to believe that love is easy. But is it? To truly love is more than saying the right words and doing the right things. It isn’t all warm cuddles and hugs. Sometimes loving means saying and doing things that are hard and hurt in the present but lead to better tomorrows. Loving isn’t always saying yes sometimes it is saying no.

Children can say the word no powerfully and loudly when they don’t want to do something but they don’t like to hear the word no. Parents know that the word no is needed to protect children and to teach them right from wrong. Often as adults, we act the same when God says no to us. Like children, we need protection, direction and discipline to mature and become the people He created us to be.

Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him.https://pixabay.com/en/tree-trunk-forest-floor-trunk-roots-569275/
Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
Eph 3:17 nlt

Like children, we crawl spiritually before we walk straight and steady. The deeper our relationship with God becomes the more we understand true love, His love. The reality of His love is so great it takes a lifetime to know it fully or as fully as we can while living in this world.

And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should,
how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.
Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of
life and power that comes from God.

Eph 3:18-19 nlt

God is patient with us. What a blessing! All He asks of us is to stay on the path with Him.

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Mi 6:8 niv

My prayer for all;

May the Lord lead your hearts
into a full understanding and expression of the love of God
and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.
2 Thes 3:5 nlt 

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia