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The Very Nature of Kindness…


Galatians 5:22 NKJV

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Kindness is a virtue that is misunderstood.  It should be of the heart and not just well-intentioned action. 
If we love one another to the point where we demonstrate kindness, without thinking, without any conscious intention, then we are of the same nature as Christ!  He loved us so much, He gave His life for us…freely!
The kindness that we have simply does not measure up.

Verse of the Day – December 13th


http://bible.com/114/jer31.3.nkjv

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
Jeremiah 31:3 (NKJV)

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The Shortest Psalm in the Bible


Psalm 117:1-2 KJVA

O praise the Lord , all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.  For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord  endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord.

Praise for the Lord’s merciful kindness is the theme of this selection from the Americanized King James Version.  Isn’t it noteworthy that even the shortest of all Psalms has an emphasis on God’s kindness toward us!

Deitrich Bonhoeffer stated that the book of Psalms is the prayer book of the Bible.  What do you think?  Is there anything more powerful than praying the Almighty’s words back to him?  Why not do that right now.  This selection is easily memorized and will serve superbly in this situation.  Just wait and see if God doesn’t bless you through this simple exercise (not as a ritual, but as a living, fresh experience every time.)

Prayer:

O praise the Lord , all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.  For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord  endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord.

Teaching Tolerance IV – finale


SHARING THE TRUTH IN LOVE

TALKING TO GOD
Ask God to give you a loving attitude toward people who are different from you and for the opportunities to share His love with them.

DIVING IN
Place a dab of toothpaste on your lips. Ask your family members to suggest how they would tell you that you had toothpaste on your lips if you were a famous actor. Have someone else put on the toothpaste and ask the family to address him or her as if that person were your pastor. Continue changing roles to tell a good friend, a school bully, a stranger and a grouchy teacher about the toothpaste on their faces.

GOING DEEPER
Just as it might be hard or awkward to tell a famous actor or a stranger that she has toothpaste on her lips, so sharing God’s truth can feel difficult. But authentic, biblical tolerance allows you to treat others well, even when you have something to share that they may not want to hear. Think about the way you role-played talking to someone you respected, such as a pastor or a famous person. You were probably careful to show respect and kindness as you shared the truth. By treating all people, including those who are different from you, with the same kindness and respect, you can more effectively share the Gospel with them. In Luke 10:27, Jesus says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Rely on God’s love when sharing His truth.

TALKING TO EACH OTHER
– Is it difficult for you to share God’s truth with nonbelievers? Why?
– How could you show God’s love to a friend who doesn’t believe in Jesus?
– What kind words could you use with someone whose opinion of God is different from yours?

EPHESIANS 4:15 NIV

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

Billy Graham on the Fruit of the Spirit


GALATIONS 5:22-23 ESV

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Practice the Fruits of the Spirit

Christ can rid you of inner conflict. Man without God is always torn between two urges. His nature prompts him to do wrong, and his conscience urges him to do right. Antagonistic desires and crossed-up emotions keep him in a state of personal instability. Medical men have almost concluded that this conflict is the basis of much physical breakdown and nervous collapse. Many doctors now believe that among the contributing causes of the common cold are stress, tension, and inner conflict. Paul must have been in the midst of such a personal civil war when he cried, “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Then he answered his own question when he said, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Daily Prayer

Only Your Holy Spirit, Lord, can control my innermost feelings. Help me to be conscious of Your presence this day.

Billy Graham on “The elect of God”


COL 3:12 NKJV

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;

Chosen by God

Modern writers depict the pessimism of our time and many of them throw up their hands in despair and say, “There is no answer to man’s dilemma.” Hemingway once said, “I live in a vacuum that is as lonely as a radio tube when the batteries are dead, and there is no current to plug into.” Eugene O’Neill in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” typifies the philosophical attitude of our day. He says, “Life’s only meaning is death.” I say to Hemingway and to O’Neill, who have already gone on, “There is more to life than death.” There is more to life than a radio tube that needs a place to plug into. Jesus taught us the dignity and importance of being a person. God put us on this earth for a purpose, and our purpose is fellowship with God and to glorify God.

Daily Prayer

Loving Father, Your love for me transcends the hopelessness of this life and gives me the purpose I so desperately need.

Love & Marriage III


The word love is used in many different ways. But the One who is Love offers us a clear definition in His Word. This passage challenges us to love up to God’s standard–like we have been loved by Him. This is a tough list for us to live up to; impossible really without God’s love flowing in and through us. After you read this passage aloud together, tell each other how you feel the most loved. Pray together that God will increase your capacity to love each other with His love.

1COR 13:1-13 [NKJV]

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the  gift  of  prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the  poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there  are prophecies, they will fail; whether there  are tongues, they will cease; whether there  is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

SHOWING KINDNESS TO OTHERS


(Courtesy of the you-version Bible)

TALKING TO GOD
Thank God for your family and friends. Ask Him to help you always treat other people with kindness.

DIVING IN
Before mealtime, have each family member gather five shirts. Any style will work. The idea is to have a stash of shirts to pull from. As you prepare for dinner — setting the table, filling drinks, serving food — kindly offer to help one another with tasks. You may also compliment a task well done: “Wow, Mom! This smells great.” As you are kind to another member of your family, put on one of your shirts. The goal is to put on all your shirts.

GOING DEEPER
Each shirt you put on was a symbol of kindness you showed to a member of your family. You were demonstrating the action of Colossians 3:12. In that verse, God tells us to clothe ourselves with kindness. As you did and said kind things, you were showing kindness that comes from God.

TALKING TO EACH OTHER
– Tell about some ways other people have shown kindness to you
– How can you show kindness? Why is this important?

Daryl: My prayer for us today is that we might reflect the kindness of God to all of those we interact with.