Don’t look now, but May is coming! Is it just me or is 2022 rushing by at what seems like the speed of sound?
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.Ephesians 4:32 (ESV)
How different would your life be if you applied this verse to it? Be kind. Be compassionate. Forgive people.
There are people I know that are still holding on to anger from 30 years ago. It has impacted every part of their life. Home. Church. Work. Health. Marriage. Friendship. An unforgiving attitude ferments and sours until it becomes bitterness. It makes it practically impossible for us to be compassionate and kind to others because rage is the only color we see. Bitterness is a heavy burden to bear.
On another note, it’s really not that hard to be kind to people and to show compassion. You can express these the most simplest of ways. 1) Smile, 2) open the door for someone else, 3) say thank you, 4)greet people, or 5) simply do something nice for somebody else.
With the loss of common courtesy and everyday chivalry, we have also gotten out of the habit of simple kindness. In our age of narcissism, it’s hard to think of others because we’re too busy thinking about ourselves. Being kind and compassionate, nurturing a spirit of forgiveness, and developing a growing sense of humility demand an unselfishness that calls for small, daily sacrifices on our part.
Unselfish acts cause us to put others first; pausing to actually consider the impact we’re having as individuals on the life of someone else.
One smile from you can change so many things. Be kind. Be compassionate. Forgive.
The Devotional Guy™