kindness

Pick a Fruit!

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Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

During a recent Bible study, I was asked what fruit of the Spirit I needed to work most on in my life. That’s a tough one for me because I need to practice them all!

I’m thinking right now would be a good time to make some changes. How about you? What would our world be like if all believers focused on one or two of the fruits and practiced them as the Spirit leads and gives opportunity?

For example, I choose to work on love and kindness. Not just a loving feeling, but to concentrate on anonymous acts of love and kindness as I listen for the Spirit’s voice to whisper his guidance. Pretty soon, love and kindness will be a regular thought process, a supernatural transformation of my mind.

So how about it? Why not choose one or two fruits as your focus and see what God can do? I can’t wait to see what He will do.

And there you go!


Loving the Unlovable

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Mark 12:30-31 says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

There are people who don’t think like we do. There are people who “get on our nerves” so to speak. There are drivers who make road rage a little easier than others. Loving them is a little on the tough side.

Recently, I have been learning and relearning that even if others are unloving in word or in action, my response is my choice. Acting like Jesus by loving others even when they misread us can be a supernatural act for sure. But remember this, Jesus showed us how to do that while on the cross when He asked, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

It takes God’s strength as the Holy Spirit leads us to love as Jesus commanded. It is amazing to me that He willingly overwhelms us with His love which can then flow out of us to others.

It may seem strange at first to say a kind work or do something kind for someone we don’t like, but supernatural love comes with supernatural strength when we ask God to help us obey His command to love.

So today, I hope you will pray for me and I will pray for you as we look for an opportunity to be a Good Samaritan to someone. Who knows what God is up to in our lives today? He might even change us.

And there you go.

Lessons Learned in the Minivan

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Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

It was challenging at best to get all five kids out the door each morning. They had places to put their stuff but someone had inevitably misplaced something just as we were about to leave. One morning I was yelling at them to hurry and get in the car. I then proceeded to yell at them all the way to school. By the time the last one got out I was bawling my eyes out! I said out loud, “God, why did you even give me these kids?”   

As soon as I the words left my lips I knew I was in trouble.

God answered me with a question, “Valerie do you love these children?”

“Yes sir, I do,”  I said. Now I was sobbing.

“And Valerie, do you know that love covers a multitude of sins?” he asked.

“Yes sir, I do,” I replied.

I then asked Him to forgive my angry outburst. Later that day, I asked the kids to forgive me as well. God in His merciful discipline restored me that day. Maybe you, like me, are in need of forgiveness today. Ask and you shall receive!

And there you go!

Abounding in Love

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Psalms 86:5 says, You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.

I have heard it said love is not a feeling. But if that is true then what is the strong emotion I feel for my husband and children? How do we define that?

Love is an act of kindness and compassion toward others that leads them to find God for themselves. And this being so, sometimes love must do courageous and even hard things such as not allowing another person to continue in sin even if it means being perceived as unloving by the person.

For example, I dearly love all five of my children more than I can say. If they are heading the wrong direction and walking in sin in any way, I will lovingly tell them to change direction. God’s way is the only way for them to truly live and learn what love is for themselves. This “type” of loving, while not easy, causes the recipient to abound in love. Not only abound in my love but the love of the Lord

We will more fully understand the abounding love of the Father when we are loved enough by someone who will tell us what we need to hear to bring us to call on Him. For it is His loving kindness that leads us to repentance. This leads to action as well as the emotion of abounding love for God and for others.

And there you go!

It is Well with my Soul...Seriously!

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Lamentations 3:22-23 says, The Lord’s loving kindnesses, indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

Oh, bless the name of The Lord. His faithfulness and loving kindnesses (more than one) never, ever cease. When I awake each morning, His mercies are new.

When sadness overtakes me, darkness seems to be my lot, and I think things can’t get worse, this verse reminds me that if I wake up on earth or in heaven, His mercies are new, and He will not —cannot — forget to be faithful. For He is God!

Tho Satan should buffet,
Tho trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And has shed His own blood for my soul.

That’s why it’s well with my soul. Because His mercies and loving kindnesses will never fail me. Every morning I’m covered by his blood, and He has a plan for my life each day.  And there you go!
 

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