"Be Ye Kind, All the Time!"....
That's how one of our pastor's children when they were young and trying to memorize scripture quoted the Ephesians 4:32 verse. Out of the mouth of babes! So simple, so right!
What great examples children are for us with their openness, trust, humility and receptivity. They are so accepting and so loving without condition.
My daughter was sharing with me some accounts of our grandson's play times at their local parks that were such good examples of the above. Once a young girl, somewhat unkept, came over to SMQ and reported that no one would play with her. He said without reservation, "I'll play with you!" and her face just lit up. They had such a grand time playing together. Another incident involved a quite rotund playmate that was struggling to keep up with other playmates and was becoming upset at being left behind. SMQ invited the child to come play with him and he helped that child scale the play equipment with a helpful little uplift from behind. SMQ certainly did make his mom proud by having such compassion and concern for other children.
What a different world it would be if Ephesians 4:32 (see below) were worked out in each of our lives. And yet, It seems like unkindness and selfishness prevail in our world today Our society is losing outgoing concern for others. It's all about me and what I can get. People tear down others to make themselves look better. . How very sad this is when we see this happening in our families, in our churches, in the workplace and even online.
In families, often get-togethers are characterized by the tearing down of the family not present. Families feud in online social posts. They fail to accept one another because of differences in opinions and ideas.
I recall at my mother's funeral in 1995 my husband sharing at her grave site that he had never heard her say a bad word about anyone and how true that was. I wish I could have that said about me, but in all honesty, I know I have been guilty of not engaging my brain before using my mouth. But, I do know that I want to do better at loving and accepting others, warts and all! And, fervently praying for those who choose not to do so.
In our churches it has become prevalent to have "roast preacher" for Sunday dinner. We have become intolerant of those who differ in opinion and are "short-suffering" with those who tend to annoy us. If the fruit of the Spirit is not apparent among believers in Christ, we have nothing to offer the world. We need to plead for the Holy Spirit's help in developing in us the fruit of the Spirit...love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (http://simplycornish.blogspot.com/2011/05/fruit-to-give-away.html)
Will you join me in committing to communicate using His wisdom, which "is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits [actions], without partiality and without hypocrisy" (James 3:17) These are all very positive words. Instead of instigating fights and tearing others down, strive to build people up by showing respect and concern in person and online.
Wisdom from Above:
Ephesians 4:29 "Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification (building up) according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear."
Ephesians 4:32 "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
1 Thessalonians 5:11 "Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing."
May God help us to "Be ye kind, all the time!
Have a Blessed Day,