For some, kindness comes quite naturally. They seem to be born with the innate ability to treat others with a gentle and authentic spirit of caring. For others it is a learned skill often taught as they grew up with siblings and were encouraged by parents to “be nice” to them. No matter which course kindness takes, it is both becoming and necessary.
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Mark Twain
On the courts and fields of sport, kindness is not an often-heard word. Coaches often encourage teammates to be kind to one another but generally do not use that word in relationship to their opponent. However, when integrity and good manners are taught, kindness naturally emerges. Even a tough and intense team can abound in kindness.
Our Heavenly Father lavishes us with underserved kindness. The Psalmist David expresses it this way…
“ For his merciful kindness is great toward us…” Psalm 117:2 KJV
Because of His overflowing kindness, we are challenged to live it out…
“Don’t ever forget kindness and truth. Wear them like a necklace. Write them on your heart as if on a tablet.” Proverbs 3:3 NCV
How do we then ABOUND IN KINDNESS?
“…be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 RSV
PRAYER: Thank you for your great kindness toward me, Lord. I will always remember it and willingly show it to others because you have placed it in my heart. Help me to have a tender heart and quickly forgive others just like you forgive me…let kindness abound in me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
LEAVE FOOTSTEPS OF KINDNESS WHEREVER YOU GO!
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