Monday, January 30, 2017

Galatians 5:22-23
"By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.  There is no law against such things.”

Colossians 3:12
“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.”

At our last youth group gathering, we discussed kindness.  Most of us associate kindness with an action such as opening the door for someone or helping another in some way.  As we dug deeper into the lesson, we talked about what it means to clothe ourselves with kindness in three ways:

1. Kindness with your words.  It is easy to be unkind with our words, especially when we do not take the time to think about what we say before we say it.  We often speak words that are unkind because we often speak without thinking.  Before we speak, we can ask ourself if the words we are about to speak are kind.  If not, then we should change our words so that they reflect kindness.

2. Kindness with your actions.  Although this might seem like a no-brianer, we often act out of selfish desires.  It is much easer to look out for ourselves than it is to be kind to others.  Our actions can reflect kindness to others when we become more intentional as we think about the needs of others.

3. Kindness with your attitude.  Having a kind attitude is not easy and many struggle with it.  When someone gets on our nerves, wen someone is unkind to us, or when things don’t work out the way we want them to, we struggle to have a kind attitude.  But the only one who can control our attitude is us.  So we have to be the ones to take control.  When something happens and you feel irritated, selfish, or any other unkind emotion, take a deep breath and choose to react with kindness.  Ask for God’s help through prayer when needed.

What would it be like in our world today if everyone clothed themselves in kindness?  If kindness wasn’t just about an action, but about a whole way of being?  While we can’t control the whole world, we can control how we live, act, and breathe.  We can choose to build up a kinder world by starting with our own lives.  So as you live each day, make kindness a part of your whole being—kind words, kind actions, and a kind attitude.

Faithfully in Jesus,

Pastor Cheryl Bourne