Verse of the Day: Proverbs 16:24
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Let’s all make an effort to encourage the people around us, especially the people we love and care about most. Kindness doesn’t cost a thing yet it’s so valuable. We can build each other up with loving and kind words that promote hope and courage. A kind word can change someone’s entire day and we all can use a little kindness. Encourage love and kindness for they are never wasted in God’s eyes.
Verse of the Day: James 2:14
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds?
Faith is a verb; it requires action on our part. Faith in God prompts us to do something, it moves us to share the love of God not only by word but also by deed with those in need. As our faith grows it is revealed in the presence of the fruit of the Spirit. Anyone can profess that they have faith but true faith is demonstrated by acts of love and kindness which demonstrate its genuineness. For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose. (Philippians 2:13)
Verse of the Day: Proverbs 3:27
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
God wants you to help the poor and indigent. If you have the opportunity and are able to help someone don’t walk away or turn your back on them when they need you most. God has compassion for the poor and you are called to show His love, kindness and mercy to those in need. Be generous not only with your money but also with your time and talents by letting God work through you to help the destitute. You have been blessed so that you may be a blessing to others and He will not forget the effort and love you show them.
Verse of the Day: Proverbs 25:21-22
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
Have you ever heard the expression “kill them with kindness”? It means to put an end to anger and bitterness by showing kindness and generosity. As metals are melted by heaping coals upon them, so is the heart softened by kindness. (Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary) The more you treat your enemy with unexpected kindness and generosity the more they will see the same love, forgiveness, mercy and grace that the Lord shows you. Show kindness even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character but as a reflection of yours.
Verse of the Day: Proverbs 3:3
Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. (NASB)
Love is kind and your kindness shows compassion to the people you love. Often in relationships we slip into a comfortable state where we take each other for granted, not intentionally, but it happens and we no longer go out of our way to be kind. The Word of God tell us over and over again that we should be kind to one another even to strangers so how much more should we intentionally be kind to our loved ones? When we have a relationship with God we come to understand what He has done for us because He loves us so much. His love changes us, it makes us kinder, compassionate, caring and forgiving. Because God has been so kind to us let’s choose to intentionally go out of our way to show kindness to the people we love.
Verse of the Day: Hebrews 3:13
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
There is so much negativity in the world, on social media and everywhere we look. Instead of spreading negativity speak words of encouragement, pray for one another, remind each other of God’s wonderful promises. God has called each one of us to encourage each other daily. Don’t let sin harden your heart, instead be kind to one another. You never know what someone may be going through and a kind word may help them get through the day.
Verse of the Day: Matthew 25:40
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
As believers in Christ we should be known for our good deeds. We don’t do them because we are trying to get into heaven. Jesus already made the way for us. We do good deeds because of the grace that has been shown to us. We do good deeds because we have the love of God inside of us and we do good deeds because we want to be more like Christ. Love is kind and God commands us to love one another. Be kind, practice random acts of kindness and charity not because of who they are but because of who you are, a child of God. Share God’s goodness with those in need. Do what you can as often as you can for as many as you can.
Verse of the Day: Mark 10:45
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Jesus was born a King, but by His example on how to live, He teaches us to be humble. The Bible says that Jesus did not come to be served but to serve. As ambassadors of Christ our lives should exemplify His characteristics and should reflect Christ in us. Let’s follow His example of humility by serving the less fortunate this holiday season and throughout the year. You can touch lives with your kindness and service to others by sharing the hope and love of Jesus Christ. If you’re interested in volunteering your time you can find volunteer opportunities near you at www.volunteermatch.org, www.serve.gov, www.allforgood.gov or just enter “local volunteer opportunities near me” into your search engine.
Verse of the Day: Matthew 7:12
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
The concept of the “Golden Rule” is a general truth that is found not only in the Holy Bible but appears in many other religions. It’s so basic and fundamental that we teach it to our children yet, we as adults sometimes forget to act according to the principle, if you wouldn’t want it done to you, don’t do it to anyone else. Jesus’ teaching goes further than not doing to others what you wouldn’t want done to you. He teaches that we should treat everyone with fairness, justice, kindness, respect, mercy and forgiveness just as you would like to have them do to you. He goes further yet and commands, that you love one another as He loves you.
Verse of the Day: Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
The fruit of the Spirit naturally develops in you as you leave sin behind and seek and become more like Christ. As your maturity in Christ grows so too will these virtues. It won’t be overnight, it takes a lifetime of dedication and obedience to God and His Word as you are led by the Holy Spirit. Fruit grows where roots are deep. Be rooted in Christ and let Him be the foundation of your life and you will see more abundantly good fruit to the praise and glory of God.