I recently started picking up The Lookout at church and using it to help guide me through God's Word on a regular basis. Ever been in a place where you wanted to read The Word, but you didn't know what "word"? That's where I was at, and I thought I'd give The Lookout a try. It's been awesome for me! I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. In fact, we started stocking them in the Neighborhood Care Center as a resource to others.
I decided for this month I would share with you some insights from Kelly Cox's article in the 06.24.18-07.15.18 edition of The Lookout where Kelly unpacks for us what it means to be KIND. I thought it was fitting with the vision and mission of the Neighborhood Care Center.
In Galatians 5:22-23 Paul wrote about the fruit of the Spirit..."But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!"
Kindness is easily passed over in a list like this, but it can really impact our daily walk and make a difference for Christ in those around us.
"Kindness is a selfless act, an expression of care for someone else that expects nothing in return. The circumstances we face in life can become less difficult and frustrating, and we can become more amicable simply by taking the time to be kind instead of harsh or selfish. Kindness softens the heart of both the giver and receiver. Kind Christians are eager to bless those around them and thus bring glory to the Lord."
So what is kindness?
Well - it's different than being nice. To be nice is an attempt to do the acceptable and right thing. It is easy to turn off and on depending on the person or situation. Someone who is kind has a sincere desire to extend themselves in order to help others. It is to be friendly, to care, to be thoughtful. Kind Christians don't require attention. They are selfless and happy in their service to others. To be kind is to be sensitive to the needs of others. Kind people are not easily offended. They are quick to extend grace and forgive others.
Kelly said it best - "Kindness is a matter of the heart, something that is rooted in character. It isn't turned on and turned off by a switch."
How can you start showing kindness to your neighbors TODAY...RIGHT NOW?!
You and I are in desperate need for Jesus to extend His grace and kindness to us each day. We should to the same for others.
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