Kindness is Key

 

I will choose to be kind and speak kind words to others.

Ephesians 4:32

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

Proverbs 16:24

Gracious words are a honeycomb,
    sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Heavenly Father, we come before you with a desire to be kind in our words and actions with everyone you put in our lives. But, Lord, it’s hard!

Kindness goes out the window when our wounds are pricked.

We are all too easily rubbed the wrong way. We take offense, whether or not it is warranted, and react from a place of hurt.

Our words become a weapon wielded without thought of consequence.

Forgive us, Lord! Change the way we speak and act towards others so that we become instruments of your healing work. Make us quick to offer forgiveness, as you have done with us. Give us the courage to let an offense go and to trust you to reconcile accounts.

Fill our mouths with gracious words, O Lord. Make us vessels that pour sweetness onto others.

Use us to heal wounds with kindness expressed in the words we speak, while making us quick to keep hurtful words from ever leaving our lips.

In the Strong Name of Jesus, Amen.

Fill our mouths with gracious words, O Lord. Make us vessels that pour sweetness onto others.

This concept of being kind is actually something that has struck me afresh, thanks to the perspective of a beautiful older woman who often spoke words of wisdom into our Bible study group. No matter the topic, Eileen would often provide the final contributing word, especially if another gal was really struggling with her faith.

“God is kind,” she would say.

Again and again, Eileen spoke those three simple words as both a fact describing our loving, heavenly Father and as a promise for what to expect from Him in response to our troubles.

God is kind.

Those three words have become not only a mantra playing over and over again in my heart and mind, it has also become a mission with these two questions continually nagging at my spirit:

How do my words exemplify the kindness of His words?

How do my actions convey His kindness to those I’m in relationship with?

Is it time for these questions about how you’re displaying the kindness of God to nag at your heart and mind too? My friend, we have such an amazing opportunity to be a testimony to the character and love of God, simply being kind in our words and actions.

How can you go forth, being kind as you seek to reflect the Father to those God has appointed you to be in relationship with, too?

 


 

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