http://bible.com/r/5D.1 Today I am reading day 1 of The Kindess of God:
Romans 11:21-22 MSG
If God didn’t think twice about taking pruning shears to the natural branches, why would he hesitate over you? He wouldn’t give it a second thought. Make sure you stay alert to these qualities of gentle kindness and ruthless severity that exist side by side in God—ruthless with the deadwood, gentle with the grafted shoot. But don’t presume on this gentleness. The moment you become deadwood, you’re out of there.
Daryl: My prayer for us today is that we will recognize God’s kindness toward us and celebrate it by practicing kindness to others.
EPH 4:32 NKJV
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
CHOOSING TO BE KIND
TALKING TO GOD
Ask God to help you choose to be kind, especially when you don’t feel like it.
Place a baseball cap or other hat in the center of the table and gather around as a family. Ask one family member to put on the hat — signifying that she is going to share a compliment about someone else in the group. After she has shared the kind remark, she’ll pass the hat to the person she complimented, who will then compliment another family member. Continue the game until each person has had at least two turns wearing the hat and saying something kind.
Being kind is a choice. You make choices every day — some big and some small. Think about all the choices you’ve made in the last 30 minutes. Which food to eat first at dinner, whether to sit on the floor or stay in your chair for this devotion, and who to share compliments about — those were all choices. God wants you to choose to be kind. The Bible tells about a kind man named Boaz who shared his harvest by letting a poor woman named Ruth gather from his fields (Ruth 2:8). Sometimes kindness is a choice to share what you have with someone in need. Other times, it’s a decision to encourage someone with a sincere compliment.
TALKING TO EACH OTHER
– Does God care about whether we are kind to others? How do you know? (Matthew 25:31-40)
– What are some ways you can show kindness to those around you every day?
The above is courtesy of the you version Bible.