be kind

Shame on me. I’ve been posting more on Facebook than I have on this blog, and that’s about to change. I can only hope it’s OK with you. “A little bit of this and a little bit of that” can include just about anything, I’d say, so buckle up!

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That’s a teaser. Here’s an article from Donald Miller’s “Storyline” blog I find worth sharing. It’s short.

On the same topic, here’s an excerpt from a post on “Desiring God” — by David Mathis

Because God Is Kind

In the end, though, it’s not mere theological inferences that will make us kinder. Christians don’t become kinder — not with Spirit-generated kindness — just by pondering abstract connections, but by feeding our souls on, and taking our cues from, the very words of God.

Not only does the story of the early church celebrate small acts of kindness (Acts 10:33; 24:4; 27:3; 28:2), but text after text characterizes Christian conduct as manifestly kind (2 Corinthians 6:6; Colossians 3:12; Titus 2:5). Not only are recognized leaders in the church to be “kind to everyone” (2 Timothy 2:24), but all Christians are to be “kind to one another” (Ephesians 4:32). Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Love is patient and kind (1 Corinthians 13:4).

And when God, who rules over every square inch of the universe, instructs us to cultivate kindness, he is prompting us to become greater imitators of him. Our heavenly Father, says Jesus, “is kind to the ungrateful and the evil” (Luke 6:35). In his kindness, “he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45). Such kindness “is meant to lead you to repentance” (Romans 2:4). Such kindness engrafts even strangers into his age-old tree of blessing by faith (Romans 11:22).

Because we are saved through God’s “loving kindness” (Titus 3:4), and anticipate an eternity basking in “the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us” (Ephesians 2:7), we are freed to bend his kindness toward us out into the lives of others.

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