In Galatians 5, the Scripture talks about the nine fruits of the Spirit or the spiritual qualities that manifest in our lives when we allow Him to work in us. The more we invite God to move in our hearts and follow His Word, the more those characteristics will manifest in us.
Kindness and goodness are two of those fruits of the Spirit. The Scripture tells us that His kindness leads people to repentance. In other words, kindness advances the kingdom of God. The more kindness and goodness we show other people, the more we are acting like God. The Bible also tells us that what we sow, we shall reap. When we seek to do good to others, we will reap goodness in our own lives in return.
Today, look for ways to show kindness and goodness to the people around you, even when they aren’t kind to you. Don’t repay evil for evil. Take the high road. Bless those who wrongfully use you. Seek to do good, show kindness, and you will see it come back as a blessing in your own life in return!
|“Heavenly Father, thank You for displaying Your character through me. I choose to show kindness and goodness so that I can honor You with my thoughts, words and actions all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Your life and mine are the result of our choices and not our circumstances. God can easily change our circumstances. But even If we decide to make “righteous” choices we will still need God’s grace (help) to overcome the world, flesh and the devil but it all begins with our choices. Much, perhaps even most of the publicity in the world is a lie and moves us to make wrong and prideful choices. We need wheels to get from point A-B and can afford a used yet dependable car but we end up in pride buying a new car with a large monthly payment that is more than we can afford. Then other things suffer in the family due to the excessive payments. So a wrong choice. The Word of God instructs us that the Holy Spirit wants to help us walk in the TRUTH of GOD and have all we need in life. Problem is that we don’t take time to get to know HIS voice in our heart. John 10:27.” My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”
So first we need to decide to make Christ Jesus the LORD (Boss) of our lives and change our citizenship from earth to heaven and then we need to learn to know our LORD’S voice above all the others, the world, flesh and the devil. Obedience is a choice even as love is a choice and they both come out of humility. Pride only has love for self. So here are some instructions from the LORD, Christ Jesus from Matt. 6:9 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also….24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon…33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble. AMPC
So getting into the Bible for ourselves and saturating our hearts with the New Testament gives us ears to hear our Master’s Voice. He will never ever contradict the truth that you find from HIS prophets as recorded in Holy Scripture. Only when we know HIS will can we be assured of making sound choices. And God’s Grace and Power always flows in those perfect choices for us. I find it most helpful to listen to the New Testament when driving on my truck CD. I like the King James as shared by Alexander Scourby… (He use to do the voice for “The Shadow Knows” and has a wonderful voice and his inflections are perfect.
Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy, Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org (Past issues of “Worth Considering” are available with a link on our homepage.)
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