Tag Archives: kindness

What Shape Are Your In?

7 Dec

God’s WordPsalms 119:41-48shape-of-love

God’s Attribute: Love that shapes our lives

God’s Message to me:

Have you stopped to consider how your love shapes other lives?  The amount of love, forgiveness, compassion and kindness you give others shapes their very being.  In the same way, the extent to which you respond to My love and forgiveness, compassion and kindness, shapes your very being.  You cannot give what you do not possess.  Accept from Me and then pass on to others.  My love and attributes can flow through your life, into the lives of others.  Oh, how hungry the world is for My love, forgiveness, compassion and kindness.  But unless they see it reflected in you—they may miss it altogether.

Guard what I have entrusted to you.  Use the words of counsel you read from My Word to shape your life and shape how you relate to others.  My truth and wisdom do not flow into your life by osmosis—you must search them out and then live them out in the school of hard knocks.  Do you deserve My love and forgiveness?  What could you ever do to deserve the sacrifice that was given on your behalf—the death of Christ?  Then why do you think others should be deserving of your love and forgiveness.

To fully benefit from My gift of love and forgiveness, you must allow it to shape your thoughts and be extended to all others—regardless of whether they deserve it or not.  Regardless of whether they accept you or not—you be My hands, feet and mouth that conveys My love for your world.

God’s Question for me

How has My love shaped the way you relate to others in your life?

God’s Promise to me

My love shapes your life so you can shape other lives on My behalf.

My Prayer to Emulate God’s Attributes:  I Pledge:

My mind: To focus on forgiveness instead of retribution.

My voice:  To be an encourager of others by ready forgiveness.

My heart:  To express my appreciation of your love by loving others.

My body:  To serve others in appreciation for Your forgiveness of me.

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Whiffs of Gossip

16 Oct

God’s Word 2 Corinthians 12: 11-21  (The Message)

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

It only takes a spark to get a fire going. gossip The same spark can either destroy a forest or cook a meal.  As you must use sparks wisely and carefully, so should you guard the words that come from your mouth.  There will always be those who are looking to find fault and then pass it on.  Why is this?  Usually it is jealousy or merely a difference of opinion that sparks this destroying fire of gossip.  Once the fire starts, it quickly grows out of control, destroying lives in the wake.

Gossip has become the national pastime.  What begins as a flippant comment soon takes on a life of its own so that the one who first made the comment is aghast as how it grows.  The news media has this gossip propaganda down to a fine science.  They choose who they wish to destroy or elevate and plan their words carefully to do just that.  And those who listen pass on their own version of what they heard—and the story grows from there.

If you must partake in gossip, let me give you some pointers.  Live your life in open and humble honesty.  Think about only those things that are good, pure and holy.  Look for the good in others and pass it on.  Wherever you go, leave a trail of kindness and good words.  Refuse to pass on whiffs of gossip but let it stop with you.  When you listen to the gossip mongers in the news media or your own circle of friends it engages your emotions and soon you too are passing it on.  Why must I repeatedly remind you that I take your treatment of all others personally?  Yes, even when you pass on gossip it is though you were bad-mouthing Me.  Your words encourage or destroy.  Choose wisely!

God’s Question: Will you extinguish the sparks of gossip?

God’s Promise: As you treat others you invite Me to treat you.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for the beauty of living in Your realm.

I am Sorry I have passed on whiffs of gossip.

Thank You for this reminder and my new resolve.

Please Help Me look for the good in others.

What are you Passing on?

30 Aug

God’s Word:   I Corinthians 2:1-16 (The Message)

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

What is the purpose of your life? Smile In every interaction you have with another you are passing on something. You may think you are oblivious to others but still you are passing on something.  Your body language speaks volumes.  A smile, a simple kindness or eye contact, are all ways of communicating.  Look for ways to touch lives with kindness wherever you go.  Don’t be so focused on your own agenda that you can’t take time for human interaction.   Everyone wants to matter to someone, to be acknowledged as a fellow human being.

What do you know that is worth passing on to others?  Put yourself in others place and discover ways you can help them.  Don’t be so tied to the almighty dollar that you can’t simply offer assistance to others.  If it weren’t for volunteers many wonderful organizations could never exist.  There are so many good deeds that you can do but you have to get up off your couch and get involved.  Don’t ask yourself, “What will I get out of it?”  Instead ask yourself, how can I get involved in helping others with needs beyond their means?

Jesus gave His life to pass on to you My forgiveness.  Because He and I are one—he knew the importance of removing the barrier (sin) between humanity and Me.  Therefore, He put His life on the line in order to remove that barrier.  All those who wish to remove the barrier are invited and welcomed to accept Jesus’ forgiveness. To accept Jesus’ forgiveness frees you up to be a forgiver of others.  So important is this step that your own forgiveness is on the line lest you also forgive all others.  Are you passing on this forgiveness that Jesus offers?  In this way you will come into communication with My Spirit and allow me to bring out the best in you.  Yes, pass on forgiveness!

God’s Question: Any lack of forgiveness between you and another?

God’s Promise: As you forgive others, I will forgive you.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for your powerful teachings to bless us.

I am Sorry I know what is best but don’t always do it.

Thank You for Jesus death for my forgiveness.

Please Help Me wear a chip of forgiveness on my shoulder.

The Disagreeable Dilemma

19 May

God’s Word: Acts 18:18-28

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

How do you treat those you disagree with? disagree The worse way possible is practiced by most of the people—being disagreeable and confrontive. In addition, these disagreeable people often began to pick apart the one they disagree with—looking for even more to disagree with.  Jesus followers are not to be disagreeable.  They make every effort to find common ground without giving up any of the teaching of Jesus.  Even if they totally disagree they still must not be disagreeable.  Your goal is to make friends for Jesus—not enemies.

Everyone wants peace in the world but few take it upon themselves to be peacemakers.  They want peace according to their own terms and based on their own beliefs.  In order to have peace with others you must treat all others with respect and kindness—yes, even those you disagree vehemently with.  People cannot help but respond positively to respect and kindness.  There is never a time when it is okay to be disagreeable.  You will certainly disagree but follow Jesus example and pray for forgiveness and understanding on the part of the person you disagree with.  And always realize—you may be in the wrong too.

Many disagreements are based on opinions.  Those opinions are often based upon the rumor mill.  People don’t think about checking up on the “stories” told.  Instead they just add to them and pass them on—if it happens to agree with their position.  That is gossip my friends and is always destructive and to be avoided at all costs by Jesus followers.  In today’s passage with a disagreement was on the horizon, Jesus followers spent time getting to know the man they disagreed with gently helped him understand the rest of the story—the part he was missing.  Go too and do likewise.

God’s Question: How do you handle disagreements?

God’s Promise: A gossip is as bad as a liar.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for Jesus’ perfect example.

I am Sorry I have a flair for being disagreeable.

Thank You for reminding me to be kind and patient.

Please Help Me make friends of those I disagree with.

No Peace–Know Peace

8 Feb

God’s Word:  Matthew 5: 23, 24  Jesus said, “This is how I want you to conduct yourself in these matters.  If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right.  Then and only then, come back and work things out with God.”

Jesus’ Message to Me: (My interpretation of what Jesus is saying in these verses)

Peace with God comes only after peace with others. Do you understand what I am saying here?  You cannot Rockshave peace with God unless you have peace with others–all others.  Even if you feel you are completely blameless, but another blames you, you must do your best to make peace with them before you can come before God.  Accept the blame for the damaged relationship—whatever it takes to make peace.  As you treat another—God treats you.

You hope God will excuse your faults don’t you?  Then you must treat others as you want God to treat you.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  God takes your treatment of others personally—all others.  As you treat even the most insignificant person you are treating God.

Your daily interactions with others are really interactions with God.  You have multiple opportunities daily to show kindness, patience, gentleness, self-control, goodness, and in so doing you are actually interacting with God.  God is not far off in an ivory-tower—He is alive and well right in your world—your everyday world of going to the store, the gym, the job.  When you look in to the eyes of another you look into the eyes of God.

Jesus’ Question for Me: How differently would you treat others, all others, if you would just remember that God is taking your treatment of them personally?

Jesus’ Promise to Me:  Unless you know peace with others you will have no peace with Me.

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for giving me strength to know and share Your peace.

I am sorry I fail in sharing Your peace way too often.

Thank You for forgiveness and Your presence to comfort and guide.

Help me to draw my strength from You so I can share it with others.

Boomerangs

18 Oct

God’s Word:  Proverbs 26: 16-28

God’s Message to Me:

Be careful of what you give to others, knowing it will return to you at some point.  Kindness begets kindness—spite begets spite—evil begets evil.  As a forest fire begins from a tiny spark, the words that you say can build or burn.  Build friendships with your words of encouragement.  When you burn with your words—you burn yourself too.

How you treat another with no regards to what you receive for yourself—is the real test of kindness.   The clerk with a long line of customers, the waitress who forgot your drink, the mom with the screaming baby—all need a word of kindness.  Put yourself in their place and ask how you would like to be treated.  Kind words—when you feel like giving a burning word—bless you as much as the receiver.

What you give to others is an invitation to Me to give the same to you.  Forgive and you will be forgiven.  Speak out from a forgiving heart and make the world around you a better place.  To give burning words may make you feel better at the moment, but those words smolder in your soul and continue to burn away the very fibers of love and kindness.  What you give or say to others boomerangs back to you.

God’s Question to Me:  Will you make a special effort today to treat others as you wish Me to treat you?

God’s Promise to Me:   As you sow, so shall you reap!

My Song to God:    So Send I You   by Margaret Clarkson  Based on John 20:21

So send I you to labor unrewarded,
To serve unpaid, unloved, unsought, unknown,
To bear rebuke, to suffer scorn and scoffing,
So send I you to toil for Me alone.
As the Father hath sent Me, So send I you.

So send I you to bind the bruised and broken,
O’er wand’ring souls to work, to weep, to wake,
To bear the burdens of a world aweary-
So send I you to suffer for My sake.
As the Father hath sent Me, So send I you.

So send I you – to loneliness and longing,
With heart a-hungering for the loved and known;
Forsaking home and kindred, friend and dear one,
So send I you – to know My love alone.
As the Father hath sent Me, So send I you.

So send I you – to leave your life’s ambitions,
To die to dear desire, self-will resign,
To labor long and love where men revile you,
So send I you – to lose your life in Mine.
As the Father hath sent Me, So send I you.

So send I you to hearts made hard by hatred,
To eyes made blind because they will not see,
To spend, tho’ it be blood, to spend and spare not-
So send I you to taste of Calvary.
As the Father hath sent Me, So send I you.

The Right Word

15 Oct

God’s Word:  Proverbs 25:1-15

God’s Message to Me:

The right word at the right time is like a custom-made piece of jewelry.   It fits you perfectly and compliments your personality. So choose your words as though you were offering them as a gift to the hearer.  The only words received as “gifts” are those that encourage and build up.  Words that criticize should never be spoken.  Let the words you speak radiate with forgiveness.

Even the vilest of mankind do not accept criticism—though well deserved.  They view themselves as an innocent bystander duped by others.  Even though you may think critical thought of others it is a waste of breath to speak them.  Instead, choose words that build up and challenge to greatness.  So much can be accomplished by a person who feels valued and forgiven by another.

View the faults of others as you wish Me to view your faults.  For that is exactly how I will view them.  Your forgiveness toward others is a mirror for me to reflect back to you that same forgiveness.  Remember that you cannot judge the words and deeds of another because you are unable to see the hidden motives of their heart.  And even if their motives are bad—it does not give you permission to reflect the same back to them.  Forgiveness elevates both giver and receiver.

God’s Question to Me:  Will you filter your words today through the sieve of love, kindness and forgiveness?

God’s Promise to Me:   Forgive and you will be forgiven.

My Song to God:  Amazing Grace    by John Newton (and Chris Tomlin)

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy rains
Unending love, Amazing grace

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

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My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy rains
Unending love, Amazing grace

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below
Will be forever mine
Will be forever mine
You are forever mine


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