Updated: Aug 2, 2019
"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in
Christ God forgave you." - Ephesians 4:32
I'll never forget the time my mom kicked my dad out of the car on the highway.
My brother, sister, and I were arguing in the backseat over a workbook because we couldn't agree on who's turn it was to use it. Daddy got frustrated with all the arguing, grabbed the workbook, and threw it out the window.
My mom was livid! And as for us kids, we had our mouths wide open in disbelief.
Mommy couldn't believe that my dad would react in such a dramatic way. So, she pulled the car over on the shoulder of the highway and told my dad to go get the workbook, which was just as dramatic if you ask me.
Oh, and you better believe that my dad got the workbook—mommy didn't play!
Sometimes we react out of our emotions without taking a moment to stop and think about how we can resolve a situation in a way that benefits everyone involved.
God instructs us to be kind and compassionate toward one another. Anger only breeds more anger.
If my brother, sister, and I had been more kind toward eachother, my dad wouldn't have taken the workbook away from us (and my mom wouldn't have kicked him out of the car).
As Christians, we are called to live for the benefit of others at all times—even if that means setting aside our egos, opinions, and personal desires. A little kindness goes a long way.
The more kindness you put out into the world, the more kindness you will receive in return.
Challenge: What is one kind thing that you can do for someone today?