Category Archives: Kindness

Keep in Step With the Savior

followJesusThe Lord’s love for you is so abundant. He has prepared a way for you; now follow Him along the path that Jesus has walked before you. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25) 

The fruit of the Spirit consists of nine visible attributes of the Christian life – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) In your own strength, you cannot produce the fruit that comes from God. You first, must totally surrender your life to Jesus Christ.

If you have not begun your life in the Spirit, you can begin today. Follow Jesus, glorify the Lord and start to display God’s fruit. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in Him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John: 15:5)

So many people today call themselves Christians. How do you discern the truth of their actions? The Lord has given His guidance in (Matthew 7:16) You will know them by their fruits. 

fruitYou can evaluate the fruits of the Spirit in your life with this diagnostic checklist:

Love – Do you do for others as Christ has done for you OR do you give to receive something in return?

Joy – Do you experience joy on a regular basis OR does your joy depend on your circumstances?

Peace– Do you feel frazzled by turmoil in your life OR do you experience “the peace that passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Patience – Do you easily get irritated when things don’t go your way OR do you keep a godly perspective during trials?

Kindness – Do you serve others with kindness OR are you more focused on your own needs rather than letting the goodness of God overflow to others?

Goodness – Does your heart conceal dishonestly  OR  Does your heart reflect the character of God?

Faithfulness – Do you have areas of hypocrisy and indifference toward others in your life OR is your life characterized by faith in Christ and faithfulness to those around you?

Gentleness – Do you come across to others as brash and headstrong OR do you allow the grace of God to flow through you to others?

Self-Control – Do fleshly desires control your life OR do you allow the Spirit to direct you to the things that please God and serve others?

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God promises that if you will turn away from your own desires, He will empower you through His Spirit to live the abundant life He has created for you.

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Thank you, Lord for the path you have prepared for me. Help me to keep in step with you and give evidence of the fruits of the Spirit within me.

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Kindness Matters

“The fruit of the Spirit is …
love, joy, peace,Kindess

patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness and self-control.”             (Galatians 5:22-23)

What does kindness look like to you? An encouraging note, an unexpected gift, a homemade treat, a friend calling to pray with you, or a gentle touch towards someone who is feeling fragile. Whatever comes to mind, it probably brings a big smile to your face and a sense of loving care.

My mother-in-law would often say, “Kindness is love in its work clothes”. It is a call to action. Kindness is humbly giving of ourselves in love and mercy to others who may not be able to give anything back, who may not deserve it, and who may not thank us for it.

Simply put, kindness is a way of thinking that leads to doing thoughtful deeds for others. “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)

A Kind GestureGod wants us to demonstrate kindness because we are to extend His love and mercy to the world. Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the difference. When we consistently show tender mercies to others, little by little, it will add up to a changed heart – one formed by kindness.

Last week with my hubby, Tom, in the hospital having his hip replaced, we were on the receiving end of many acts of kindness. We are so grateful to the kind nurses and therapists, but also to the friends who came to visit and offer their help.

Pray-ButtonThank you Lord for your loving kindness towards your children. Guide us to those who need a touch of compassion from you.

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A Quiet Refuge of Compassion

Be kind and compassionateA kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal – Steve Maraboli

“Alone in a hospital bed in Baton Rouge, I lay in a cocoon of plaster, restraining my body in the hope of repairing my shattered bones. My hospital room was a quiet refuge from the physical and emotional trauma I had suffered at the hands of a rival biker m16gang. I was a victim in a violent gang war, enduring intense pain after being shot in my left arm and right leg with M-16 rifles.”

cover_art_Chicken Soup*Except from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses

A Quiet Refuge is my story of the life-giving support that I experienced from the comforting hands and benevolent heart of an incredible nurse named Reni. Thirty-eight years later and thousands of miles apart, I am still so grateful for her many acts of kindness. She taught me that compassion towards others can restore hope and give strength to the weak. We only spent a couple of months together, yet we formed a bond of friendship that continues to this day.

During the time of my suffering in the hospital, consumed with shame and condemnation, I felt abandoned and unloved. Reni’s compassionate acts proved to be a reminder of God’s love for me. Her selfless actions demonstrated her strong desire to alleviate my suffering. And isn’t that at the heart of compassion…the essence of feeling another’s pain, while easing their hurt.

The Lord calls us to compassion – Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous. 1 Peter 3:8 (NJKV)

Pray-ButtonThank you Lord for your heart of compassion. May we be sensitive to share the hope and encouragement that your love brings to others in need.

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A First Aid Kit of Compassion

first aid kitAn act of kindness can have a lifetime impact. We all experience times of weakness in our lives. When someone comes alongside of us with a heart of compassion, the power in that act of benevolence reassures our heart. It is a reminder of God’s love for us.

When I first met Reni she was a young nursing student. I was alone and brokenhearted in a hospital bed in Baton Rouge. Having been a victim in a violent gang war, I was suffering from two gunshot wounds. While completely restrained in a body cast, I was hoping my shattered bones would repair. I had been transferred from Texas to Louisiana, and I did not know a soul until a nurse with a reassuring smile entered my life.

Thirty-six years later, I am so grateful for her many acts of kindness towards me. Reni quickly became my friend. She took care of my personal needs; clean hair does wonders for the soul! She stayed with me through painful physical therapy sessions, and when I awoke from yet another surgery, she was there with words of encouragement. Selflessly, she gave her time to me. We only spent a couple of months together, yet we remained friends through the years.

Stop and look, and you’ll find hurting people all around you. They are longing for someone to bring goodness and kindness to them. Could you be the one to make a difference in someone’s life? What will be in your first aid kit of compassion? Here’s some suggestions:

• Lifesaver – a reminder that the LORD is there to help. Psalm 46:1
• Candy Kiss – a reminder that LOVE should be a part of everyday. 1 John 4:7
• Pen – a reminder to count your BLESSINGS daily. Ephesians 1:3
• Rubber Band – a reminder to be flexible. GOD has it under control.                       Romans 8:28
• Toothpick – a reminder to pick out the GOOD in others. Matthew 7:1
• Eraser – a reminder that everyone makes mistakes. Through Jesus there is  FORGIVENESS of sins. Acts 13:38
• Salt – a reminder that God wants us to be the salt of the earth and ENCOURAGE one another. Matthew 5:13
• Cross – a reminder of God’s love for you in JESUS. Hebrews 12:2
• Tissues – a reminder to those who sow in TEARS shall reap in joy. Psalm 126:5
• Band Aids – a reminder that Jesus heals the brokenhearted and binds up their WOUNDS. Psalm 147:3

Heart with BandaidFinally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted. 1 Peter 3:8 (NJKV)

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