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Morning Prayer, Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - WORD(S) OF THE DAY: SHOW PEOPLE HOW TO BE KIND

Father God, help me to show people how to be kind instead of waiting for them to be kind to me.  Amen 

Matthew 7:12 and Ephesians 4:31-32

"Don't wait for people to be kind.  Show them how."  In church we encounter a lot of people.  Some we see every Sunday and others we may see that one time and never see them again.  My question is, what kind of an impression do you leave with the people you encounter whether it is at church, in the grocery store, sitting in the doctor's office and even on your job.  Are you someone who is considered kind?  Are you showing the world how to be kind or waiting for them to show you? There was a woman that I would see at this one church that I attended every Sunday.  When it was time to greet each other and I would reach for her, she would turn and go the other way.  I could tell by the look in her eyes that she was doing this intentionally.  It kind of hurt my feelings and I could easily have given that right back to her but the God in me would not let that happen.  Instead, I waited until the next Sunday, and during the greeting part of the service, I went up to her, gave her a compliment and a hug.  Her whole demeanor changed.  I asked her name, she told me and ever since then we have talked.  It is not always easy to be kind to some people but as Christians, we have to step up our game.  Instead of us reacting to another person's cold behavior, how about we show them how to be kind toward us.   That is the Jesus way.                    

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believed in him would not perish, but have everlasting life."  John 3:16         

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