Be Kind To Everyone

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)

There’s nothing that this sorrowing, sinning world needs more than kindness. Yet, there are many Christians who seem to never learn how to be kind.

We need to pray for the grace of kindness, so that we may walk softly among people, never hurting another life by harsh words or ungentle acts.

When we’re kind, we have something of the beauty of Christ in our life. As we grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus, the light of divine love will shine out from our dull nature, and transform it.

“Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Col 3:12)

This will make us more sweet-tempered and gentle-spirited. It will make us honest in our dealings with our fellow men. It will make us godly people to live with at home. It will make us good neighbors and faithful friends. A life lived this way will leave countless blessings in this world.

Such a life of quiet, simple, humble, Christlike goodness will influence other lives, making them better, happier, holier, sweeter. A ministry of simple kindness is within the reach of every Christian. It requires no brilliant gifts, and no great wealth. It is a ministry which anyone may fulfill.

“The unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit is of great worth in God’s sight” (1 Pet 3:4)

In these days of worldliness, the church needs just such simple goodness. It has eloquence in its pulpits, and activity in its pews, but it needs more godly people filled with the gentleness of Christ, repeating the life of Christ wherever they go.

– J. R. Miller

Materialism Never Satisfies

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” – Augustine

The pursuit of materialism is described in Scripture:

Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? (Isa 55:2)

Materialism is wandering from object to object in a quest for happiness, but always ending up frustrated by unfulfillment and repeated disappointments.

We would feel sorry for a person whom we saw seeking some necessary thing day after day in a place where we knew it was impossible to be found. This is what happens with all people until they come to Christ.

Satisfaction is what people say they’re working for, and they turn over every stone in an attempt to find lasting happiness, but never find it.

Jesus calls us to find satisfaction and rest in Him:

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matt 11:28)

Real satisfaction is only found in Jesus. When people come to Him, they are fully satisfied.

I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Phil 4:12-13)

And again:

Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. (Jhn 4:13-14)

– John Newton