Thursday, November 15, 2012

NaBloPoMo: A Cup of Kindness


People have a tendency of being more kind around the holidays. The challenge is to keep that good habit going throughout the year, especially when we think that people don't deserve our kindness. I am often confronted with the choice to offer A Cup of Kindness to others. In the past I have offered a piece of my (rude) mind, my (distorted) truth and the results were never good. As I grow in Christ, I am aware that I need to be spiritually minded (Romans 8:6) when dealing with others. In addition to that, Colossians 3:12 says: 
"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."
If I am clothed with kindness, it shouldn't be that much of a stretch to offer it to others. 
I am familiar with the "I ain't perfect" argument because I have often used it. I am even more familiar with the truth offered in Galatians 5:22-23:
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."
A spiritually minded person who is clothed with the right things easily displays the fruit of the Spirit. 
Dear reader, what stops you from easily offering A Cup of Kindness to others? Is it anger? My problem this morning was unforgiveness. As I forgave the offense, I was able to offer kindness with much more ease!
There is a big difference in being kind because it's the popular thing to do during the holidays and habitually offering A Cup of Kindness to others. 
Can you think of someone in your life that needs a cup of Kindness? I pray that God will reveal to you the root issue that stops you from being kind to that person. I challenge you to offer A Cup of Kindness to others throughout the year. Trust me, I'll do the same. 


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