Friday, November 20, 2015

BE KIND TO YOUR SISTER!

It doesn't take a genius to take something simple and make it complicated.  It takes a genius to take something complicated and make it simple.  And that is the genius of Jesus.  He explained the Kingdom of God by using simple things.  Using the things the people saw in their everyday life - sheep, wheat, fish, bread.  And I believe the reason so many of us are confused, and overwhelmed by this thing called "Following Jesus" is that we have complicated it beyond complicated.  It isn't complicated.  Unless you make it that way. Unless you want to keep saying you cannot do it, you do not understand it.  Telling yourself and anyone who will listen that you cannot walk the walk.  And the simple answer to those feelings is very simple. (DUH)  Tell God.  Just tell Him.  Whatever you feel. And then ask HIM to help you. He sees your heart. He knows if you REALLY want His help. And when you REALLY do.. He sends it. He will help you walk the walk if you really want to walk the walk.  If you just want to go to church and remain a powerless person.. that's your choice also.

Which brings me to another simple analogy the Bible uses to help us understand how to follow Jesus.  He uses the idea of FAMILY.  He refers to us as Children of God who are part of the Family of God.  For the next few blogs.. I would like to speak to every woman reading this who calls herself a follower of Jesus.  It's:

BE KIND TO YOUR SISTER!

Kindness.  A simple, overlooked, disregarded Fruit of the Very Spirit of Very God.  The Holy Spirit. The Comforter.  When the Holy Spirit is at work in you, He is producing His fruit. (not fruits..it's all or nothing...all His Fruit...)   And of all the things God's Spirit wants God's children to have... He lists KINDNESS.  Kindness?

Really, Mrs. Older, you're going to talk about KINDNESS.  YUP. YUP. YES!

We overlook and disregard the power and purpose of SIMPLY BEING KIND.. but God does not.  It's one of ONLY NINE "fruits" that the Holy Spirit is planting in God's Children. God could have chosen one of ninety nine bazillion words and attitudes to instill in HIs children.   He chose only 9. And one of them is "kindness."   A word study uses the word "gentleness" to describe what kindness is.  So another way of saying it could be:

BE GENTLE WITH YOUR SISTER !

BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT SHE MAY BE DEALING WITH BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

It is tragic to have to acknowledge that I have seen Christian women be so UNKIND to their sisters. I have seen - and see- so many Christian women who are JEALOUS of their sister.  Or CONDEMNING of the sister. OR JUDGING a sister when they have NO IDEA WHAT SHE MAY BE DEALING WITH..or how her heart is broken... or why God has given her the personality He has given her. 

Not only that.. but we seem to have forgotten that if something is a BIG DEAL to God it should be a BIG DEAL TO US.  While we have been focusing on so many things that are NOT IMPORTANT TO GOD... we have lost sight of... and ignored... and often scoff at an elementary building foundation of a follower of Jesus.  KINDNESS. 

This is not a small thing. WE have decided that KINDNESS is no big deal.
BUT GOD HAS NOT. 
Ohhh.... you are going to be so interested to hear the TRUE stories of what women have been dealing with... and how the women around them often DID NOT offer SIMPLE KINDNESS.
And you will rejoice to hear about the many times the women around them DID.

These will be anonymous stories.  They will be... TRUE.  I will change some identifying aspects.. but they are all true.  And I pray that when we are finished with this SIMPLE SUBJECT you will see.. that...

KINDNESS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.  

I love you.
More tomorrow... Yes.. tomorrow...
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UNTIL TOMORROW.. 
Mrs. Older

 

2 comments:

  1. Is everything alright Mrs O.? Still waiting for tomorrow...

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  2. Shauna sweet woman of God, thank you for asking. I APOLOGIZE for not keeping my "tomorrow" promise. I received some unexpected writing and speaking events... I am away from home at the moment.. but promise to keep my promise about writing this. How are YOU doing Shauna?

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