The Need To Be Kind

Miss Wilson went to the post office nearly every day to buy a stamp or two. Often the line was long, and it appeared that she had difficulty standing quietly, waiting for her turn at the counter.

A stranger who had seen her on many occasions asked, “Why don’t you just use the stamp machine? It would be so much easier and quicker, and you wouldn’t have to stand so long.” 

“Oh my,” she said, “the clerks are so kind to me. They always smile at me and ask me how I am doing and how I feel. The machines don’t do that.”

Kindness does two things at the same time: It makes us feel good, and others feel good. And, it rarely costs us anything even though it usually makes others feel important. 

Kindness, like love, has its source in God. We read in Titus that “When the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared in us, we know that He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.”

When we begin to understand the fullness of God’s kindness to us personally, we will no doubt see others in a different light. We certainly do not deserve God’s compassion and kindness - yet He has been more than kind to us. He held nothing back in giving His Son to be our Savior. Showing kindness to others demonstrates His love.

Prayer:  Acts of kindness, Father, present endless opportunities for us to show others that we care for them just as You do. Help us to represent You always in all ways. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.  Titus 3:4-5

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