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Being kind isn’t always something we want to show. Whether it’s kindness to a coworker, our families our brothers and sisters, acquaintances, parents, it isn’t always easy. But, it shouldn’t be an option all the time either. It isn’t easy to  show God has showed us, all the time. Some days it’s the last thing we want to do when someone annoys us or hurts us. But one of the fruits of the spirit is kindness.

All of them are as follows: love joy peace patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness gentleness and self-control. All of them are connected and intertwined with each other. One isn’t better than the other though.


Kindness is something we can show to anyone, whether we know them personally or not. Whether it is helping someone such as an elderly lady cross the street or holding the door for them, carrying their groceries. Kindness can also include helping someone through a hard time, such as the loss of a loved one and making them meals.  Kindness also includes, paying it forward and paying for someone’s meal when they can’t afford it. Another way kindness can be shown is through words of encouragement to anyone who might need it.

It also means helping others even when they don’t ask for it. It means, being a servant and helping others when they need it. Doing a task with kindness can also mean not expecting the task to be done in return for you. Even if it’s isn’t always shown in return for you, it can bring you much joy to show kindness and help someone out. It gives you that feeling in your heart that can never be replaced. It also gives you that feeling of knowing that you did the right thing.


Showing kindness can also mean helping out someone or multiple people when they get into a car accident or their car breaks down or runs out of gas. When people band together in kindness and out of the goodness of their hearts for one another, that’s when miracles can be achieved and will be achieved.


Many times people may want to show kindness because of how good it makes them feel. Wanting to show kindness isn’t selfish either. If it makes you feel good, then show kindness in any way that you can.  Showing kindness can be traced back to biblical times. Jesus showed us true kindness through His word, teaching and His ultimate kindness, love and sacrifice on the cross at Calvary on Good Friday. He even watched the disciple’s feet, and did miracles such as feeding five thousand people and, turning water into wine. Kindness is something Christ always showed.

Some of the verses in the Bible that talk about kindness include:

Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”

Ruth 2:12 says, “May the LORD reward your work, and your wages be full from the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.”

Luke 6:35 says “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.”

Colossians 3:12 says, “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;”

Proverbs 3:3 says, “Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.”

Romans 10:12 says, “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.”

2 Samuel 2:6 says, “ 6 May the Lord now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.”

Psalm 117 says, 1 “Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. 2 For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD. “

God longs to be kind to everyone and to share His example of being kind to everyone. He has showed His kindness by removing the Israelites out of Egypt just when they all thought all hope was lost. He showed His kindness by showering the earth with a rainbow.  He showed his ultimate love and kindness by sacrificing His son for all of our sakes.

By being kind to everyone can be such a joy. It can give you such a good feeling in your heart knowing that you have and that you are helping someone else. There is no better feeling than to help someone out during a hard time or to help someone out even when you don’t have to.

If God is calling you to do something kind for someone, and you know it’s God telling you to do it, go ahead and go for it with all your heart. Never stop being kind to people. Kindness isn’t a some time thing, it’s an all-time thing.

 

 

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What would have happened to the universe if there would have been no first sin? The world would be paradise and everything would be perfect. Ever imagined what perfect is like? Ever asked yourself what the world would be like if it was perfect? The only thing that is perfect is God. We would all be getting along with no fear of each other if everything was perfect. We wouldn’t even be afraid of a relationship with God. Instead we would embrace a relationship with our Lord and Savior. It is sad that people even are afraid of having a relationship with the Father. If there wouldn’t have been the first sin, there would have been no need for God to send His one and only son to die on Good Friday for all of us. How different would the world be if the disciples hadn’t encountered Jesus, and others had encountered Jesus face to face.
The world would be in perfect harmony with God and we would be in perfect harmony with God. We would have a perfect relationship with our Savior. There would be no pain, sorrow, death, financial problems, or family problems. There would be no killing, no more hurt feelings, and no more loss of life to senseless violence. There would be no accidents on the streets or highways, no fires, no racism no unrest in any parts of the world. There would be no more fighting wars. There would be no more old-fashioned fist fights. There would be no more lying, cheating, idolatry, or adultery. There would be no divorce either.
Unfortunately, the world is filled with all of those problems and the only thing we can do is, turn to God for the right answers as to how to deal with those, problems, this world brings. He may not give us the exact answers that we want or need right away, but He will give us the answers He knows we need. He can and will give us the guidance as to how to best approach any problem we may have in this life. If He can figure out where the land parts and the sea begins, when the sun rises and sets and where, how we will play out in our lives each day, He knows exactly how everything in this world plays out. He created man in His image, we must know we can turn to Him for how anything comes about in our lives.
The Bible gives us many instances of God’s love as well as the first sin. Genesis 3 says, Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” 11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,“ Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.”
To think that if God and Satan wouldn’t have had a falling out, then the world would be in perfect harmony. Satan wanted to be like God, and even worse, He wanted to take over and be God. What a scary thing to think of Satan ever ruling this world even more than what he does now. He uses all those instances of pain to turn us even farther away from God and to get us to turn on one another. The good news is, God saw right through him, knew exactly what he wanted and cast him out of Heaven, into Hell., before it was too late.  God showed his love for us because while we were all sinners and forever will be sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 8:37-39 – “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Ephesians 2:4-5 – “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved …”
Even though we are all still sinners, God showed His never-ending love, grace and mercy by providing His one and only son as a ransom for us all. Even though God knew that the first sin was going to happen, He had a beautiful plan to save His people and all creation from eternal damnation.
God continues to work in our favor, for our good and according to His good and gracious will. The only way things will ever be perfect again is when we get to Heaven.

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Pray. Even when it’s hard to pray for the things you want and even the things you need. Pray even when you can’t find the right words. Let God know that you can’t find the words, come to Him in prayer, and He will literally fill the words in your heart by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Pray even when it’s the last thing you want to do in that moment. When things get difficult or you think too much about a certain subject, the negativity can affect you and others around you. Your negativity about anything such as not being able to find a job right away, not having enough money yet, thinking about what you could have done differently in your past, will only make things worse for you.  It’ll cause you to not only doubt yourself more and more. It will also cause you to question and doubt God and His ability to provide for you as well.
Doubting your own abilities is a scary thing. When you start to doubt yourself, even more negative thoughts easily creep into your mind such as what if I’m not good enough to get the job I want, what if I never get married, what if everything I have done up to this point in life has been a mistake? The good news is that everything that you’ve gone through isn’t a mistake and God is using it for His good, in some way that only He can explain.
Prayer is a gateway to God that no one can ever take away from you, because you can pray at any time no matter where you are.
2 Chronicles 6:21 says: 21 “Hear the supplications of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive.”
Once you start thinking of the what ifs in life, you can get down on yourself easily when things don’t go exactly the way you expect them to. You can unintentionally bring others down with your own self- involved negativity. There’s nothing wrong with asking questions in your life, and there’s nothing wrong with asking God for help in life either. But when you dwell on the negative what ifs, and don’t even think of praying about the situations you are in, you lose faith in yourself and you lose faith in the one who can, will and is working behind the scenes of your life for your good. God didn’t give you a hotline to reach through prayer to reach Him at any time, day or night, twenty four hours, seven days a week, for no reason. He wants you to come to Him, especially instead of complaining, about how bad things are. It is not a bad thing to ask why or how things happen to you. It is important to figure out how you can, should and will react to things that transpire in your life.
Not everything will go according to your plan. Some might see this as unfortunate that things don’t go the way you think they’re supposed to, but the good news is, God knows what will happen in your life already and has already lined them up at the exact right times. Even though you may not like what always happens in life, at least you can turn to the one who knows what has happened, will happen and is happening in comfort knowing that He is with you.
You can pray for others and for yourself out loud, or in the silence of your own heart. It doesn’t matter how or where you are when you pray. It can be in the middle of a grocery store out loud, or in your office at work in private. No matter where you pray or how you pray, God will always hear you. God doesn’t care about what you look like or how stained your heart is with sin, when you come to Him in prayer. He wants to hear the desires of your heart, no matter what you may have done. If your heart hurts for any reason, tell Him.
Psalm 107:28-30 says 28 “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.29 He stilled the storm to a whisper. The waves of the sea were hushed. 30 They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.”
Matthew 21:22 says, 22″ And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” This verse indicates that you must keep the faith in God to receive what you want in prayer. If you believe what you pray for is already going to happen and that you have already received it and are going to receive it, God will grant it, if it is in your best interest and will better you as an individual. But, there are also times when God allows things you pray for to happen, in order to teach you valuable lessons. He knows what and who belongs in your life and what and who doesn’t.
One verse that has always stood out for me is Romans 8:26, “26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. “27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” I found this verse when I couldn’t figure out what to pray for. Nor did I know how to put my prayer into words. Out of the blue I turned to this verse and it has helped me through many hard times and brought comfort that God knows what is on my heart even when I don’t.
Prayer can move mountains. Prayer can be the gateway between chaos and peace.  God can use your prayers to help rescue you, your family and others in ways you can’t even fathom.

Jesus cradling a lamb
Agape love is something many of us haven’t heard of. Agape love is the love the Father in heaven has lavished on us. He loves us more than life itself. He loves us enough to send his son to die for us. He loves us enough that he sent His only son to die for us. That’s the love of the cross. He willingly gave up himself for those he loved. You may be thinning how can anyone love me so much that they are willing to die for me?
You have probably experienced unconditional love within your family. But God’s love is even more awesome and even more unconditional than that. You hopefully will never have to experience someone dying for you or even worse, you, dying for someone else to save them. God sent His only son and He willingly died for us. Agape is the Greco-Christian term for love of the highest order. It is also referred to as the love of man for God and the love of God for man. So it would make total sense that it is the love the Father has graced upon us. It also makes sense that it is also the love that we have to show to our boyfriend or girlfriend and our spouses. Not to mention the love that we are supposed to show our families.
It can be very hard to show the love like God has shown us. We know we aren’t perfect and won’t act in perfect sync with our loved one’s day in and day out. We know we sin daily. We also know our family members also sin and we have to be quick to forgive and forget so we can continue to work on our relationships. It isn’t easy to forgive the way Jesus did. But it becomes easier with time. Forgiving like Jesus means learning to be like Him in word and deed. Forgiving like Jesus means keeping your cool when all you feel like doing is exploding in anger. It means a gentle response to someone else’s wrath and a cheek to turn to your enemies.
Agape love and forgiveness are two very difficult aspects to follow day in and day out. But as long as you continue to try your hardest at forgiveness and forgive people that hurt you, love your family with as much love as you have, regardless of what circumstances may be happening, you’re following Jesus’s example.
It was probably extremely hard for Jesus to show agape love to the people such as Pilate, the disciples, and the Roman soldiers who beat Him and put Him on the cross. Yet. He didn’t back down from God’s plan or lash out at anyone during Maundy Thursday or during His trial and beating and then finally death on Good Friday.
Good Friday is the ultimate show of agape love from Jesus as He still shared good news with His mother at the foot of the cross. He told His disciple John to take care of her. He was thinking of his mother and thinking of all of us, as He suffered more pain than we can even fathom, in order to give us eternal life and the salvation that we didn’t deserve. He showed agape love freely.
Ephesians 5:1-2, we are to “be imitators and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” What does that look like for you in your marriage? Does it mean spending more time with God on a day to day basis and learn more about Him? Does it mean providing more for your family and spending more time with them? Or does it mean caring for your aging loved one even as they get weaker and can’t care for themselves? Does it mean spending less time at work or changing jobs to spend more time with your spouse? Whatever it means for you, know that agape love takes a lot of work, time and patience. Be patient with yourself, if you don’t always show the type of love that God does. He is willing to guide you in His ways and help you learn how to show agape love in more ways than one. Maybe it is or will be the way you talk to your significant other, instead of coming down on them with your words. God can help you show kindness and love. Maybe it’s the way you help them around the house such as doing chores without being asked. Or even planning a date night once a month and always trying to reconnect with your spouse.
Agape love is a hard concept to grasp but He can help us become more and more like Him each day.