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Thursday, February 2, 2017

This is Love - Kindness Day 2

1 Corinthians 13 goes like this... Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

Today, Day 2, of This is Love focuses on the LOVE IS KIND portion of that scripture.

Many are familiar with Random Acts of Kindness, which was basically a campaign started years ago to start people being kind to each other for no reason other than, well love. There is even a website dedicated to RAK Random Acts of Kindness, and a week set aside (Feb. 12-18 this year) to show kind acts. These are all nice things, but Kindness for God's people should be a daily occurrence. It should be a defining characteristic trait of a Christian.

What does it mean to be kind?

Kindness is loving instead of jumping to judgment
Kindness is taking your time to stop and help
Kindness is stopping yourself from a knee-jerk reaction of returning evil for evil

Kindness can look like a child giving a puppy a home, a "secret Santa" paying for someone's bill, or someone opening the door for others.

Kindness is a selfless act. It is putting others' needs above your own without complaining.

If you read only the news or your Twitter feed, Kindness seems to be rare nowadays. Instead, everyone quick to lash out and speak up for what angers them. If you are a child of God, let's change that. While there are times to speak up for those who cannot, kindness is often done in quietness.

Show someone kindness today. Practice kindness. When you feel sad, replace that feeling with a random act of kindness. When you feel angry, be kind.

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