Posted by: Larry Hoekman | May 15, 2015

Fruit of the Spirit — Extending kindness!

Day 1979:  TGIF – Thank God I’m Forgiven!!!!  Gotta love Friday’s, but His continual forgiveness – now that’s something to really be thankful for!

Scripture:   I am to get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, hatred and slander; along with every form of malice.  Instead, I should be kind and compassionate to others, forgiving them just as God through Christ Jesus has forgiven me!  Ephesians 4:32    God wants me to treat others the same way I would want them to treat me.  Luke 6:31

Thoughts/questions:  The Golden Rule – our political correctness/separation of church and state has minimized the use of this teaching of Jesus – not a good thing. His kindness towards us should be extended to everyone we meet.  Are they deserving of it – no, but then are we deserving of God’s kindness – no!

What about extending kindness/compassion to someone who has hurt us?  The natural response is bitterness/anger/hatred (BAH) rather than love/acceptance/ forgiveness (LAF).  If we respond naturally, the long term result is living a Scrooge like BAH humbug lifestyle, whereas God’s plan is for us to LAF!!!  If someone has hurt you, only God can help you treat them with kindness/compassion.

If this has been the case in your life, please do this:  1) Today, you are a result of all of your life’s stories, so accept who you are right now as the living God of the universe can heal you of those hurts and use you to help others; 2) Forgive those who hurt you – you’re not letting them off the hook of being responsible for their own actions, but by forgiving them, you are taking the first step toward ridding yourself of the negative influence of their actions on your life; 3) then God will start giving you His love for them, and you will begin to be able to have compassion on them and treat them with kindness!

Relational miracles happen because of kindness/compassion!  Extend God’s Golden Rule especially to those closest to you and if you’ve been hurt, start to LAF by doing the three things above!!!

Suggested prayer:  Almighty God, thank You for Your forgiveness.  Help me to live each day by the Golden Rule and to forgive those who have hurt me . . .

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