Tuesday, December 06, 2016

December 6, 2016 ... More Kindness Please!

Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 341

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from Glen Campbell singing … Try A Little Kindness … poignantly and powerfully singing of something sorely needed in this world today.

Highlight Verse: Ephesians 5:32 [NKJV] … 
32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. … 
But are we?
Highlight Passage [context]: Ephesians 4:29-32 … USE THIS LINK
… God, thru Paul, exhorts Christians to be kind to one another in word and deed.

Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : ... Psalms 141:3-4 … USE THIS LINK
… King David’s warning against all unkindness and wickedness.

Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : ... Galatians 5:22-23 … 
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, KINDNESS, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 
… Our call to fruitfulness by God. But are we?

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, David Roper, uses an illustration from literature to illustrate God’s call for us to be kind to one another. He writes: When I was a child I was an ardent reader of L. Frank Baum's Land of Oz books. I recently came across Rinkitink in Oz with all the original artwork. I laughed again at the antics of Baum's irrepressible, good-hearted King Rinkitink with his down-to-earth goodness. Young Prince Inga described him best: “His heart is kind and gentle and that is far better than being wise." 
How simple and how sensible! Yet who has not wounded the heart of someone dear to us by a harsh word? By doing so, we disturb the peace and quiet of the hour and we can undo much of the good we have done toward those we love. "A small unkindness is a great offense,” said Hannah More, an 18th-century English writer. 

I really don’t need to add very much to all that’s above today. So, … if you’ve taken in the pertinent, poignant, and powerful message of Glen Campbell’s lyrics in his linked song above as well as David Roper’s reflections AND especially the truths from God’s word above, it really says it all, doesn’t it? So, for once I won’t be too wordy!

So, how about it? … Let’s just do all we can today to “try a little kindness” in what we think, and especially what we say and do.

My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, help me to be as kind to others today as You have been to me ALWAYS. ... Amen

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