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Be renewed in the spirit of your mind - Ephesians 4:23 NKJV

What does it look like to be kind? 

Ephesians 4:23 Living Bible
Now your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better.

Ephesians 4:23 The Voice
to take a fresh breath and to let God renew your attitude and spirit. 

The dictionary defines kind as of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person.

What does it look like to be kind? This sentence kicked me out of the ballpark.  As soon as the preacher said it, a knife chopped my heart in half.

I was wounded because I can wound others well.

This year I don’t want to forget the lessons learned during Lent, so I've paid close attention to a series of sermons that ask the question: If salvation comes free and we don't earn it, what does God want from me?  This week’s message was supposed to be simple, according to the preacher, but there’s nothing simple when it comes to changing old habits that we don’t think need to change.

Think about it, if you’re a Christian – one who knows Jesus and passionately loves Him – you know the truth!

But knowing truth can make us haughty, downright arrogant and judgmental – it’s so easy to think we know the truth.  We can behave like jerks when it comes to the truth.  

Jerks disrespect people, they don’t filter their words, and they don’t realize that they can think things without saying them.

What does it look like to be kind by filtering our language and stopping to consider that the Lord uses all of us in different ways? 

We have all experienced God's touch in our lives in unique ways and we should honor that. I've yet to meet someone who has experienced God’s presence as I have - we all have different experiences coming to Him. Each experience is beautiful, don't compare it to others. 

I want to be kinder because the King was kind to me by allowing me to know His heart. 

I want to love and enjoy people because when the King walked on earth, He enjoyed good times (think weddings) and He loved his friends (think Lazarus). 

I also want to smile more because this life I have is a treasured gift given to me to introduce others to the love Christ put in my heart. 


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Comfort

Psalm 119:76 Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant.
Job 4:4 Your words have comforted those who fell, and you have strengthened those who could not stand.
Strength

Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD. You give me strength.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Psalm 118:14 The Lord gives me strength and a song. He has saved me.
Isaiah 40:29 The LORD gives strength to those who are weary.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you.
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