Sharing Our Faith Together

Be Kind

by Jane Smith 7 July 2024

1 Thessalonians 5:12-18
Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

At the outset of the Covid pandemic in 2020  there were  several slogans and logos which  were widely adopted and used very effectively. One of these was “Be Kind”, something which we are urged to do time and time again in the Bible. What a wonderful world it would be if everyone followed that one piece of advice! As Christians we have a special responsibility to ‘be kind’ as a way of showing God’s love for everyone. We have been forgiven of our own sins, the least we can do is be kind and forgiving to others. Even when things are so difficult and we don’t feel deserving, God still finds a way to show love and kindness. As we are made in His image, we have the ability and opportunities to to do the same for others.

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Let us pray
Father God, You set us such a good example and we can rely on You to always show us love and kindness. Help us to find every opportunity, to show Your love and kindness to others even in very small ways. Amen