May 14

MAY 14
by Holly Fryer 
Read Colossians 3:12-15

One of my favorite quotes is by the ancient Greek storyteller, Aesop; “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”.  I believe this to be even truer today as we collectively deal with the affects of Covid19.  I have witnessed more acts of kindness than ever!  People making and distributing home-made masks, neighborhood bartering of hand sanitizer for toilet paper, fresh fruit from backyard trees in boxes at the end of driveways offered for free, signs in windows that we are all in this together, sidewalk chalk notes of encouragement, eye contact and patience at the grocery store, air hugs, calls from our Pastors checking in.  These are signs not only of kindness but of love!  The kind of love God through his son Jesus demonstrated for us – all of us!

Kindness is reflected throughout scripture.  Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit and is to be lived out in a Christian’s life as a reflection of Christ to the world.  It is also part of the development of our discipleship path; 2 Peter 1:4-9 tells us to “add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love”.

Life right now is unlike anything we’ve ever experienced and it is easy to lose patience with one another, easy to let fear invade our thoughts and uncertainty to make our knees buckle.  But God commanded us to be strong and courageous and reminds us he will be with us wherever we may go (Joshua 1:9).  Therefore, as children of God who are dearly loved, I challenge all of us to clothe ourselves with kindness, gentleness, patience and love.

My prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your grace, your mercy, for being slow to anger and for your great kindness.  Help us daily to draw closer to you, to be clothed in the fruits of your Spirit and reflect your goodness and love.  Bless us and keep us; make your face shine upon us and give us peace.  In Jesus name I pray; Amen

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