Speaking of kindness and sisters and FAMILY... I will tell you that Mrs. Older has cousins who are just like sisters. My mom had four sisters. Our family was VERY CLOSE. Recently, I was invited to speak at a church in Florida.. and many of my cousins and their spouses have relocated there. We had a "reunion" for a weekend. And my cousins were so LOVING to me.. so CARING to me.. SO KIND to me..so CONCERNED about me.. that it healed me back to the joy of the Lord. I know that grieving is a process - and that I will have moments when it returns - but they helped me make a QUANTUM leap to healing. Just with kindness and caring. Not sermons and teaching. KINDNESS and CARING.And because they were kind to me, I feel healed inside. And because I feel healed inside I am writing to you again. See how KINDNESS.. SIMPLE KINDNESS.... can affect the lives of so many people? Don't overlook or underrate KINDNESS....Because God does not.
The Apostle Paul was reminding the Christians in Rome,
"Don't you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can't you see that His KINDNESS is intended to turn you from your sin?" (Romans 2:4 NLT)
Let's face it. We don't DESERVE God's kindness but He gives it anyway. And what caused us to change our minds about Him.. and turn to Him? HIS KINDNESS. We know we deserve WRATH.. but it isn't HIS WRATH that causes us to turn to Him. It is the unbelievable truth that He LONGS to HAVE MERCY on me.. on you.. that makes us RUN to Him. THE REASON we have what we have through Jesus is only BECAUSE GOD IS BEING KIND TO US. And therefore, He expects us to show it to others.
"BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER, TENDERHEARTED, FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER JUST AS GOD, THROUGH CHRIST, HAS FORGIVEN YOU" (Ephesians 4:32 NLT)
WHAT DOES KINDNESS LOOK LIKE? (Really? You don't know?)
The words the Bible uses to describe "kindness" are words like mercy, compassion, goodness, tolerance, long-suffering. Forgiveness. Give to others what God has given to you.
WHERE DO WE GET KINDNESS? (Really? You don't know?)
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