Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves. Proverbs 11:17 (NIV)
One of the unexpected results of the Covid-19 pandemic that seems to be of great concern in recent months, is our loss of social skills due to isolation, social distancing, little interaction – out of fear or screen fatigue. For the past year and a half, I cannot say that I have gone out of my way interact with many people. And can you blame me? We have become acutely aware that the danger is in the unknown – people, places and probabilities; for many this includes the people we know but question their responsibility. The world has become a hostile place, and wearing a masks help to shield our cynical smirks and judgmental frowns. It is time to learn again how to be kind to each other, since masks cannot suppress or protect us from the contagious, heartwarming effects of shared happiness.
Kindness escapes the simple blue-crepe masks or the message bearing, fancy, fashion statement accessory that is now a requirement. Today, we have a chance to connect with another person through a kind look or word, a thoughtful action or a private message in the zoom chat of our meetings. Be the expression of “love is kind”. Like our key verse says, we benefit from your kindness to others. May the love of the Messiah be expressed in our compassion for others today.
Below are more scriptures to read, memorize and practice throughout the day. At the end of the day, write a joyful journal entry about the beauty of kindness.
Read: Become kind toward one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as also Yahweh in Messiah has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32 (LEB)
Read: Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. Proverbs 12:25 (NIV)
Read: Whoever is kind to the poor lends to Yahweh, but he will reward them for what they have done. Proverbs 19:17 (NIV)
Read: And Yahweh’s servant must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 2 Timothy 2:24 (NIV)
Write and Pray: How has your kindness to others affected you today? Has anyone been kind to you today? How did you respond? How can you be more kind to yourself? In words? Your thoughts? Self-care? Pray to your Father for a heart of compassion (even if you already have one) and let Him know that you are available to share His love and kindness to others. Now look for more opportunities to be kind.
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