Summary: Being Kind is needed today

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Fruit of the Spirit is Kindness or being a Kinder and Gentler Christian

Col. 3:12 Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves; you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. As a child of God this verse says one must clothe yourself which to me means you must put it on as you would your clothes in the morning. When you wake up in the morning you choose what your life is gong to be like. This verse tells us that we need to put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. We choose what our attitude is going to be for that day. That is why when I get up my first doing is to read God’s word, pray and do some exercise. These things get my mind and body ready for the day. If I start by looking at the TV, reading the newspaper or listening to the radio I let that be the guide to my attitude. I also like to eat slowly and relax before I go out for my day to get the sense that God is in control. As we get out minds set on the right things and expect to have a good day it helps us to treat others right and enjoy life. Kindness is love in action. There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She told her boyfriend, ’If I could only see the world, I will marry you.’ One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend. He asked her, ’Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?’ The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn’t expected that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him. Her boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her saying: ’Take good care of your eyes, my dear; for before they were yours, they were mine.’ This is how the human brain often works when our status changes. Only a very few remember what life was like before, and who was always by their side in the most painful situations. Life Is a Gift. Today before you say an unkind word - Think of someone who can’t speak. Before you complain about the taste of your food - Think of someone who has nothing to eat. Before you complain about your husband or wife, think of someone who’s crying out to GOD for a companion. Today before you complain about life - Think of someone who went too early to heaven. Before whining about the distance, you drive Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet. And when you are tired and complain about your job, think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your job. And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down, put a smile on your face and think: you’re alive and still around.

As we view our day I would like us to think of how we can show kindness. What can I do deliberately to show that I am a kind person? We know that God is kind to us so we are just following in His way. Grace is linked to kindness. A kind heart most resembles Godliness. If we are kind then we set an example for others to be kind to us. MT 7:12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you. PR 11:17 A kind man benefits himself.”

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