The Pastor's Pen
Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor. -Proverbs 21:21 ESV
Kindness- selfless, compassionate, and merciful acts expressed toward others.
This week many of us celebrated Thanksgiving. We had the opportunity to fellowship with family and friends. We were blessed to reflect upon the goodness of God and arrived at the same conclusion that all of our lives God has been faithful and so good. We are reminded that just as God loves us with a steadfast love that we are to love, be kind, and compassionate toward others. We are encouraged to do selfless acts and be merciful.
Beloved, look for opportunities to be kind to others. Be determined to be tenderhearted, and forgiving just as the Father in Jesus forgave you. As you are blessed to do so, feed, clothe, and care for strangers. Do not forget to shower those who have wronged you with love and kindness. Know that kindness has the power to soften people’s hearts and to reveal the love of Christ.
A few years ago, there was a push for people to do random acts of kindness. But today God’s people are encouraged to live the Word, which includes doing intentional acts of kindness every day. It means being genuine ambassadors of Christ, loving and caring for not only people you know and are in relationship with, but also caring and loving strangers. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you as you live the Word today, and know that as you do so, people will experience genuine kindness.
Help us Your children to live Your kindness each day. Remind us that our actions express who we are even more than our words. May we love as You love and be good to others, including those who wish us harm. Help us to forgive those who need forgiveness, and to reach out in kindness to all so that people may experience Your unconditional love. In Jesus’ Name we do pray. Amen.