Sunday, December 15, 2019

Isaiah 54:8b, Ephesians 2:7, 4:32 NIV 2011

“But with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord your Redeemer.

In order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.

God’s Word reveals the love, kindness and compassion He has for His people. Psalm 25:6, “Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from old.” God’s greatest kindness is seen in Jesus Christ: sent to save His sinful people. Following Jesus includes compassion and kindness to others. Choosing to be kind and forgiving refines believers. God is kind and desires the same from His people.

Kindness begins at home. I hear my mother’s voice when I type that. That leads me to a book, Manly Manners,written by Ruth Crowther in 1940. The book focuses on kindness shown to family, friends and others met during the day. It sits on a shelf above my desk as that reminder. Some people are easily able to extend kindness on a daily basis. There are others that make it very hard to be kind. In my heart I know I need to ask for His help, but t that’s my daily walk. “God change my heart immediately because you desire for me to be kind.”

Where have you seen God’s kindness?

Working on being kind to others,

S

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