4-18-2017

Scriptural Truth – Kindness

 

Social media brings out the worst in so many people. It’s as though a disease spreads to the human race via the internet. People become filled with anger, hostility, rudeness and profanity having their civility wiped away. The younger folks are becoming accustomed to obscenity and rudeness as the soundtrack of their generation. Perceived humor in our day is built on innuendo and without it, many of this generation are practically speechless. As we age, we see the trends come and go and they become less important to us. We can ride the waves in a desperate attempt to remain relevant or we can try the timeless approach. Regardless of what is considered cutting-edge in any year, the practice of kindness never goes out of style. In Romans 12:19-21 we read “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” As one striving to live a Christian life it’s our job to be kind to everyone not fill with hatred and short tempers. When kind, positive words emanate from us we change the people around us and bring light to dark worlds (Matthew 5:16). God’s people should make kindness a law in their lives (Proverbs 31:26). A kind word soothes the savage beast. A smile banishes the scowl and warms the frozen heart. People gravitate to kindness and appreciate its medicinal value. Kindness disarms anger (Romans 12:20) and transcends time and place so it is never out of fashion. Kindness touches the heart and soul of humanity as nothing else can. We need it desperately in a coarse and hateful world. If every soul were treated with kindness, how much evil would be overcome? When we add Christ to a kind disposition, it is an unstoppable force for good (Colossians 3:12). Spread kindness, goodness and love to the world and then share Christ with the open heart. Kindness opens doors. Anger, wrath and hatred close the door of any opportunity one may have to teach a lost soul. When we let kindness rule our lives then others see Christ living in us. ! Until next week this is the ScripturalTruth, Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. Church ofChrist (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email tmdok4@windstream.net or Facebook

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