Sharing the Kindness of God

Love your neighbor kindness

When we study the fruit of the Holy Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, we see that these are a reflection of Jesus. As we move closer to Jesus in our daily walk, the Holy Spirit makes us more like him. The fruit of the Holy Spirit, the characteristics of Jesus, become more apparent in us with lasting effects.

Thinking of Kindness

This week I have been thinking a great deal of kindness; especially of the kindness of my Father towards me. First and always he showed his great kindness in rescuing me from sin and making me his beloved daughter through the work of Jesus on the cross. I think if we hold this great kindness before us, believing in God’s goodness towards us, his absolute lack of evil intent, we can get past some of the judgment and self-protection that keeps us from being kind to other people.

The Eternal Factor of Kindness

If the quality of kindness is from God, then it has an eternal factor. An act of kindness can be discussed in terms of time – like the 10 minutes it took you to carry extra groceries to a sick friend. It can be discussed in terms of money – like the $200 contributions people have been making towards a scholarship fund for the poorest children in our town. But these scales are insufficient when we hold God’s standards, I think it could argued that the effects of certain kind acts can continue indefinitely. Take the scholarship fund that I am involved with: Children that might not have had the chance to go to school past the age of 11 are now going. These children are the first in their family to achieve high school graduation. They now have a much better chance at a decent job and help their younger siblings get through school. More marketable skills in the family and in the village means that the village is moving away from the grinding poverty that have trapped the generations before. More people can read and reason and come to know the Father with their minds, moving beyond superstition and desperation. An act of kindness with eternal effects.

A Full View of God

I have been hearing a great deal lately about God’s holiness and justice. And these are important aspects of his divine character. But it is to our loss if we ignore other parts of his character such as his goodness and mercy. We have to come to a fuller view of all sides of his character to bring our own minds into alignment with his.

Love your neighbor kindness

Love your neighbor as yourself – show kindness

What are some ways God has shown you kindness?

 

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Do Not be Afraid for I am With You Isaiah 43:5

do not be afraid Isaiah

Anxiety has come to define my generation, especially the women, although the men are not immune. We wake in the morning and our worries and concerns attack us like wild dogs. We lie down at night and wait for sleep while our imaginations race through the worst case scenarios.

I am guilty of being afraid. Absolutely. But God has been calling me out of my fear. Over and over, in many different ways I hear him saying: Fear not, I am with you. If I am with you who can be against you?

Of course I am familiar with this idea, and many times, over the years, my heart has been lifted with these words. But now I am called to walk in them. As each trace of anxiety raises its head, first I take it to my Father and lay it at his feet. Sometimes I have to do this over and over again. Sometimes I have to leave the room. But I am made for joy and purpose, not for all these burdens pulling me down.

Today I have a problem with one of my customers. A large package was not delivered to her and now it’s lost somewhere in transit. I can’t go and track it down myself. I can’t easily replace it. Communication from all parties is lacking. Over and over I am having to put the anxiety I feel over this situation back in the lap of the only One who can do anything about, and humbly ask for guidance.

Jesus came, and his life is the light of men. Anxiety and fear are dark holes, not part of our path at all. Today I am choosing trust and I will walk in the light.

do not be afraid Isaiah

God has been calling me out of my fear

Let me know about your battles with fear and what God is showing you – leave a comment!

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