Daily Devotional – 5/3/16 “Be kind!”

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It’s a new month and we’ve lived to see it! That’s something to be excited and grateful for. I know I am because as of today, I am 39 years +1 day young and I’ve been married 18 years + 1 day. Isn’t God amazing? I’ve been overjoyed in the loved received by all and that’s because you don’t have to be nice to me. Think about it. We live in a world, now days that we don’t even expect folk to be nice. We’re shocked when we walk into a fast food restaurant and actually get good customer service. We are surprised when someone holds the door open for us or are blown away when someone says thank you or simply apologizes. This is because we live in a world where somebody might just kill you if you reject their advances; husbands are killings wives, children are killing other children, wives are not respecting their husbands because they don’t respect themselves, people are becoming the victims of hate crimes because of the color of their skin or their sexual preference and Christians are doing everything but being Christian-like. We live in a society were woman are okay with being misused and abused as long as they have a piece of a man. We are raising children in homes where we bash the other parent in front of them. We are working in a world where folk would rather throw you under the bus than see you get promoted. And we worship in a world where Saints are more worried about their traditions than they are God’s word and don’t mind hurting your feelings over it. What in the world is going on?

Where did we lose ourselves? When did we forget what the word says in Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you?” Why do we find it easy to show love to strangers and not those in our same household? Why are we so quick to demean each other instead of lifting each other? Why is it easier to spew hate rather than help? What if you don’t live to see tomorrow, would you be satisfied with how you lived today? If you were to need help tomorrow, would you have someone willing to come? Matthew 7:12 says, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Treat folk how you want to be treated, at all times! Be kind and then kindness will be returned to you. Give and it shall be given back to you. Respect and respect you shall be given. Forgive because in your forgiving them, God forgives you. So, let me start by saying this… Thank you for allowing me to encourage you. Thank you for taking the time to say happy birthday/anniversary on yesterday. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for your kindness towards me. And if there’s anything that I’ve said or done that is not pleasing, please forgive me. I pray that you’ll find it in your heart to share love, kindness and laughter on today. Not just in the streets but in your home as well. Be kind because you never know when the next person needs it!

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