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Today we want to focus on practical steps for implementing kindness.
Step 1: Realize by God’s grace we live in America.
We are more fortunate than a large majority of the world. God could have had us live in Africa, Darfar, Uganda or any other third-world country, but He chose America for us. We don’t know why. But we can be sure God has a plan for us. With all this privilege comes responsibility. Are we using our abilities and resources in a way pleasing to God?
Step 2: Begin with a smile.
Thinking about all we have to be thankful for puts us in the proper fame of mind and enables kindness to flow freely. After all, we have so much why not share with others?
Pride Is Not Flattering, Nor Can Pride Save Your Life.
Proverbs 29:23 NKJV says pride will make your life miserable: “A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.”
Proverbs 18:12 NKJV tells us pride comes before the fall: “Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, and before honor is humility.”
We know from the verses above pride and humility cannot coexist. You can be either full of pride or full of humility. The choice is ours.
We have already looked at the evidence of submission in Jesus’ life which pointed to His humility. Now, let’s take a look at how pride was absent from His humility as well.
Others Proclaimed His Deity
But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” John 6:69 NKJV
Then they all said, “Are you then the Son of God?” So He said to them, “You rightly say that I am.” Luke 22:70 NKJV
Jesus knowing He was fully God did not parade around all puffed up with pride, arrogantly telling everyone He was the Messiah. No, He quietly and humbly carried out His purpose on earth. He let others praise Him, rather than Him touting He was God.
Not Seeking His Own Glory
Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the
doctrine,whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him. John 7:16-18 NKJV
Repeatedly, Jesus said He came to do the Father’s will. Not His will but God’s will. A prideful person can not submit to another because it
would bruise their ego. We see no filthy pride or ego in Jesus, the Son of God.
Relationship Refore Revelation
Reading through John 4:7-26 NKJV you realize Jesus took time to connect with a Samaritan woman in need. She didn’t know she was in need, but Jesus did. Here-arranged His traveling schedule to make sure He stopped over in Samaria for this appointment. This woman had priority in Jesus’ heart. His conversation started out on the light side “Give Me a drink”. But with each exchange the conversation got deeper as He revealed more of Himself to this woman. It wasn’t until the seventh exchange of words that He tells her plainly “I who speak to you am He”, when she mentioned the Messiah.
Jesus made a connection with this woman at the place of her need. Once that need connection was established, He revealed who He was. If Jesus were prideful, He would have just come out with it right away. However, in His humble manner He creates a relationship, elevates this woman’s worth and value in that society and revealed Himself in gentle and kind way.
How are you at mirroring Jesus’ humility? Do you brag about how great you? Or do you wait for others to praise you in due time? What motivates you? Do you seek your own benefit? Or do you seek other’s benefit? Do build relationship to reach others for Christ? Or do you blast them by pointing out all their sins and reciting bible verses at them?
Lord Jesus you are the perfect example of humility. Thank you the work you began in us you will finish. Transform us into your image and your humility. In your name we pray. Amen.
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What we allow our mind to think about eventually plays out in our life.
Let me give you two examples: When I focus on all that is not right or doesn’t fit with my plans, I turn into a disgruntled person. Blaming others, pointing out flaws, and complaining about everything become normal actions. But when I focus on all God has done for me, how He saved me from hell, restored my marriage, and renewed my heart, I turn into a humble, grateful, and pleasant person. Joy fills the heart and mind.
Thoughts lead to action. Therefore contentment begins in the mind. Renewing our mind is a daily challenge. One must be diligent in providing a constant stream of good, right, and pure thoughts. Jeremiah tells us “the heart is desperately wicked. Who can know what?” Jesus tells us “out of the heart springs forth the issues of life”.
Where do the good, right, and pure thoughts come from? Not from us. God’s word is the only source of good, right, and pure war thoughts. God’s thoughts are higher than ours. His ways are better than ours. Romans 12:2 says to be transformed by the renewing at our mind so we will know the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.
Paul urges us in Philippians 4:8 to meditate on what is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praise worthy. If our thoughts are fixed on God’s word then complaining, comparing, envy, strife, and self-centered thinking will disappear.
In other places and Scripture we are told to do all things without complaining and disputing. And again were told in everything work as though we are working for the Lord rather than mere men. With our minds firmly rooted in God’s word these things become easier to do.
Think about this. We can suffer a number of ways. We suffer the loss of time while we wait in lines. We suffer emotional pain as we recount all the wrongs done against us. We suffer relational pains as we focus on all the ways our needs are not meet. We suffer from physical pain either from our own doing or not.
But patience is not just suffering. No, it is to experience pain or trials while staying calm and not complaining. Before I gave my life to Christ, I was overcome by my physical pain. I was not a good role model for patience during my gallbladder ordeal. The surgery typically takes 45 minutes, but mine took 5 ½ hours! My defective gallbladder had made a tremendous mess in my intestines. My recovery was not pleasant. I allowed my pain to turn me into the worst patient. As a result, I was treating everyone around me terribly. I was so self-absorbed I couldn’t accept anyone’s care for me. I just wanted out of the hospital.
However, none of those reasons are a good enough excuse for my poor behavior. Why is finding a patient person is hard to come by? It could be because having patience is difficult. Most people give in to grumpiness or harsh behavior before letting patience have its good work. Personally, I don’t think one can be patient without the Holy Spirit’s help. One of the fruits of the Spirit is patience. Therefore, if we walk in the Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit will be more and more evident in our lives.
It’s sad to witness someone in such pain when they loose their sense of right and wrong. Pain has a way of bringing out the worst in people, if we let it. But as believers in Jesus Christ, we have the power of the Holy Spirit within us. This power enables us to walk in the Spirit. In doing so, we reap the fruit of self-control and patience (Galatians5:23).
What pain or trial are you experiencing? Are you practicing patience during your current situation? Tap into the Holy Spirit and allow Him to lead you through this circumstance. When you do you will experience peace beyond your wildest expectations.
Lord Jesus, thank you for the gift of your Spirit enabling us to be patient during our circumstances. Help us to suffer without complaining so you receive the glory you deserve. In your name we pray, Amen.
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