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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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August 30, 2012 - Kindness Calling

By Doug Clay

One of my favorite New Year’s resolutions is to focus on being a kind person.

I recently read about a new 501(c)3 organization called The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. It’s literally a resource for people committed to spreading kindness. Their aim is to help people create a better world by engaging in acts of kindness.

Kindness is the fifth fruit mentioned in Paul’s famous fruit of the spirit list. It’s also embedded in what Jesus described as the most important command of God’s Law.

“Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:37-39, NLT).

In essence, Christ was saying that nothing else matters more than relationships. Your relationship with God and your relationship with others. Your love for God and your love for others.

Kindness is love in action. Kindness is not a feeling; it’s action. It’s not a thought; it’s initiative. In fact, if you want to know what kindness is, just look at Jesus.

“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared …” (Titus 3:4, NIV).

“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (John 13:15).

Why don’t you resolve to …

Let your kindness be evident to people who are rude to you (see Titus 3:2). Believers shouldn’t curse anyone or be quarrelsome, but they should be gentle and show courtesy to everyone.

Let your kindness be evident when you have to bring truth or clarification into a situation (see Ephesians 4:15).

Let your kindness be evident even when your supervisor does something with which you disagree. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor authority (see 1 Peter 2:17).

Let your kindness be evident when you express sympathy. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12, NIV).

Let your kindness be evident to those who are struggling spiritually. “And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering” (Jude 22, NLT).

You don’t need a foundation to resource and remind you to be kind — you just need to stay close to Jesus. Join me in resolving to be a kind person, and let’s make it a great day!

— Doug Clay is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.

 

 

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