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  • Wayne Chasney

Be Kind

KIND words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. (Proverbs 16:24)

…and be KIND to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32)

Love is patient, love is KIND… (1 Corinthians 13:4)

By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, KINDNESS, generosity, faithfulness… (Galatians 5:22)

My youngest daughter has worked in food service for several years. After working a shift while home on fall break, I asked her how it went. She said it went fine and then added, “People are mean.”

I know I have written about this before, and I am not seeking sympathy for her. She can handle it, I am happy to say. But maybe we need a reminder from time to time to be kind. It’s sad, I know, but in the stress of our busy lives, as we try to make our way through each day, perhaps we forget.

We forget others might be having a bad day.

We forget others might be stressed, too.

We forget that teenagers working fast food do not have the power to make sure the restaurant doesn’t run out of our favorite salad dressing.

We forget to be kind.

Perhaps that’s why it is repeated in the Bible so often, especially it seems in the letters to the early churches in Ephesus, Corinth, and Galatia. These were churches, filled with followers of Jesus Christ, yet they seemed to need a lot of reminders to BE KIND! Perhaps it is a key to the kingdom of God.

On our way home from a recent vacation, Wendy and I stopped at a rest area for a break. When we tried to start the van to head on toward home, nothing. The battery was dead. Nearby, a man and his wife were getting in their car to also get back on the road and he said, “Need a jump.” With his help, we were quickly back on the road and looking for a battery store.

Be kind to one another. It truly makes the world a better place.

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