Your sisters in the Lord - each one of them has challenges, obstacles, unloving people and unkind people they must deal with. This is truth whether you believe me or not. No one has a perfect, stress-free life. No one. Not you. Not me. Not any woman in any church. You cannot solve the hidden struggles so many women struggle with. But you can be KIND.
If you do a quick look at the Bible you will see that the word "kindness" is almost always preceded by the word "show." "Show kindness."
Kindness is not something people around us have to try and FIND in us.
Kindness is something we have to make the effort TO SHOW TO THE PEOPLE AROUND US.
King David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” (2 Samuel 9:1) The expanded definition for the word "show" is "to do, to execute, to spend, to offer, accomplish."
For David, the man after God's heart, kindness was something he wanted to do, to offer, to spend on someone who remained from the family of former King Saul. Saul, whose jealousy for David caused him to want to KILL him. And yet, because of Jonathan.. David wanted to DO kindness..
He found a son of Jonathan, he found the cripple - Mephibosheth. I have heard people preach sermons about Mephibosheth. How he is a foreshadowing of all of us. Cripples who now sit at the table of The King.
I don't want to take up the space here to list ALL the verses and ALL the stories in the Bible in which SHOWING kindness was the cornerstone of God accomplishing His will. (Email me if you want the list and I will email it back.)
KINDNESS is SOMETHING YOU MUST SHOW.
KINDNESS is SOMETHING YOU MUST REVEAL
KINDNESS is SOMETHING YOU MUST DO.
FIND SOMEONE you can SHOW KINDNESS. DO Kindness. Reveal KINDNESS.
What does kindness look like?
It looks like compassion.
It looks like mercy.
It looks like patience.
It looks like love.
It looks like Jesus.
That woman in church you know struggles with an addiction - to food or any other thing. BE KIND TO HER.
That woman in church you know has a husband who does not honor her, or love her, or care for her.. BE KIND TO HER.
The woman with the wayward child... BE KIND TO HER.
The woman who keeps making mistakes and destroying herself.. BE KIND TO HER.
The Holy Spirit will tell you how.
Maybe....invite her to join you and your friends to have lunch with you after church.
Maybe...don't walk past her in the lobby of the church.
Don't make light of it because God does not.
Don't withhold it.
“Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty. (Job 6:14)
HERE'S YOUR ASSIGNMENT IF YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT. Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or add a comment here... and tell me about ONE WOMAN..
JUST ONE WOMAN
that YOU MADE AN EFFORT TO SHOW KINDNESS to.
You don't have to be a Bible scholar to know how to show kindness.
You just have to be a follower of Jesus.
You don't have to change the world.
Just ask the Holy Spirit to show you one woman who needs kindness.
One act of kindness.
Can you do that this week?
REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE WHERE YOU ARE
YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE
YOU HAVE WHAT YOU HAVE
BECAUSE GOD IS showing HIS KINDNESS to you.
The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. - Jeremiah 31:3
Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Roman 11:22
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:3-5