Kindness Goes a Long Way.



"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 whose 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. Did he just throw the book out the window?


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.


After a few seconds of realizing that my mom was serious, daddy got out of the car and went to get it. And when he got back, he apologized to us for his actions.


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 each other, my dad wouldn't have taken the workbook away from us (and my mom wouldn't have kicked him out the car).


"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in

Christ God forgave you." - Ephesians 4:32


Most people have heard someone say, "Be a good Samaritan," at some point in their life, but not everyone knows that the term comes from the Bible.


As the story goes in Luke 10:25-37, a Jewish man traveling to Jericho was robbed, beaten, and left for dead on the side of the road.


A priest and Levite came along and saw the man lying there but crossed to the other side of the road and ignored him.


Then, an unlikely hero, a Samaritan, came along and felt compassion for him.


The Samaritans were despised by Jewish people—they were outcasts and looked down upon. So, the Samaritan could've ignored the man and kept it pushing as the "religious" folk did, but he didn't.


The Samaritan showed kindness to the man and treated his wounds. And he didn't just stop there. He put the man on his donkey, took him to an inn, and took care of him.


Luke 10:35 says, "The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, 'Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.' "


Now that's kindness.


Our neighbors aren't just the people who look like us or believe the same things as us. Our neighbors are any and everyone around us.


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.


You reap what you sow. The more kindness you put out into the world, the more kindness you will receive in return.


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You were born to do great things. Show kindness toward others.


- Mags

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