Written by Karen DuBois, National Sponsor
Be kindly affectionate to one another. -Romans 12:10
Sometimes we defend our lack of love, kindness, gentleness, patience, and all those other ‘fruits of the spirit,’ in the name of productivity and hard word. But we can’t square it with Christ’s teachings. He said, ‘Whatever you want (others) to do to you, do also to them.’ When was the last time you went out of your way to help somebody, expecting nothing in return? Mother Teresa said, “A day lived without showing love for others, is a day not worth living.” Loving people must be the way of life, a fixed attitude, a commitment we make every day.
Have you ever stopped to think that all those little irritations which come your way each day, are just God giving you an opportunity to become more Christ-like? Chuck Swindoll summarizes his experience like this: “What does the Lord do to help broaden my horizons and assist me in seeing how selfish I am? Very simple: He gives me four busy kids who step on toes, wrinkle clothes, spill milk, lick car windows, and drop sticky candy on the carpet….being unselfish in attitude strikes at the very core of our being. It means we are willing to forego our own comfort, our own preferences, our own schedule, our own desires for another’s benefit. And that brings us back to Christ.”
Who will you show kindness to today?