Monday, August 29, 2011

Modeling Kindness

Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  (Colossians 3:12 NLT)

   Jesus was our perfect model of kindness.  All through his earthly ministry (as he spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well, healed the woman with the issue of blood, raised Jarius' daughter, and defended the adulterous woman) God was expressing his grace through these deliberate acts of kindness shown by Jesus.

   My mother was a lady who loved to show kindness.  I still remember her taking food to sick neighbors and feeding the hungry who came to our door.  It seemed every stray animal knew a morsel was waiting for them on our back porch.  No one was ever turned away.  We kids learned from watching our mother's example how God blesses those who are willing to give a helping hand to others in need.

   One of the special gifts given to believers by the Holy Spirit is the gift of "helps."  We are never too young or too old to share Jesus' kindness to those around us.  

Thought for the Day: Jesus modeled kindness so that we might go our and duplicate his actions.

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