Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.
– Author Unknown –
Colossians 3:12, Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering;
Proverbs 19:21-23, There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand. 22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar. 23 The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
As we grow spiritually, kindness becomes a natural part of who we are as Christians.
People always remember kindness. They may not remember our name but they will remember our face and the kindness shown at a time they needed it the most.
Kindness, like love, never fails….
For our reading pleasure, scripture references on kindness – a friendly attitude toward others.
Kinds of kindness:
Acquired – Colossians 3:12
Developed – Proverbs 31:26
Commended – 2 Corinthians 6:6
Divine – Nehemiah 9:17
Of God, kindness described as:
Great – Nehemiah 9:17
Everlasting – Isaiah 54:8
Not removable – Isaiah 54:10
Manifested – Psalm 31:21
Through Christ – Ephesians 2:7
Cause of man’s salvation – Titus 3:4-7
Manifestation of kindness:
Rewarded – 1 Samuel 15:6
Recalled – 2 Samuel 2:5, 6
Rebuffed – 2 Samuel 3:8
Remembered – 2 Samuel 9:1-7
Refused – 2 Samuel 10:1-6
Forgiveness works like prayer, the more we do it, the easier it becomes. It’s another part in the renewing of our mind process. 😁
Forgiveness brings freedom as we release it to God. It keeps us from the “coulda, woulda and shoulda” replays. 😰 Even with the gifts and talents God gave us, we still can’t un ring that bell! 😨
Things and stuff (ours and others) will always bring challenges. Folks will speak and do unkind things to us, Matthews 5:43-44, tells us, 43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.
We give God glory each and every time we pray, show love and kindness to those around us.
The more our spiritual fruit grows–love (giving), joy (gladness), peace (free from worry and fear), long suffering (patience), gentleness (kindness), goodness (generosity), faith (dependability), meekness (gentleness) and temperance (self-control); forgiveness becomes a choice.
Until we can forgive regularly, the “coulda, woulda and shoulda” will replay and keep us stuck, while choking our spiritual fruit. Have faith and meditate on the scriptures below to renew our mind:
John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Romans 8:28-And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.
God bless and have a great weekend! Meet you back here, by faith, on Tuesday! 😀