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Being Kind To Others

I read a sign in my neighbor’s back yard that said “Bee Kind”, where there were six small bunnies chasing around a bee with a lot of energy. I imagine that this neighbor might be very kind to the wild animals he sees roaming around his yard.

When I meditate on God’s kindness to us, I cannot articulate it. Therefore, I would like to share the following vision from a Christian brother and hope to convey God’s attitude of kindness.

This brother told me that he experienced being attracted to other men. After he became a Christian, he saw a vision one day that his own sins were like a movie playing on the big theater screen and he felt so shameful and wanted to hide it from people’s watching, but his body wasn’t capable of covering it at all.  Then, he saw Jesus standing in between him and the big screen with His outstretched arms to cover it all so that no one would see his past, which is also left behind by Jesus Christ.  Afterwards, he sees Jesus facing him and smiling at him with loving acceptance.

God’s kindness is rooted in His love. Out of our surprise, God said that He is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked (Luke 6:35).

God lovingly reaches out to His enemies, the sinners, and covers their wrong doing with richness of grace and brings them healing through our faith, Jesus Christ’s blood and the power of the Holy Spirit.

God’s kindness shows through patiently waiting for us to turn away from sins (Romans 2:4). And God revealed His kindness and love to save us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy (Titus 3:3-5).

Due to His surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:7),  we learn to practice kindness in a result of bearing the supernatural fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22).

However, God is kind but not soft. His kindness is for our good. As King David understood God’s kindness, through the godly striking on him, he said that the correction of God would be a kindness like soothing medicine. Let’s not refuse it (Psalm 141:5).

Therefore, may we always mention the loving kindness of the Lord, the praise of God, according to all that the Lord has granted us, and the abundance of His loving kindness.

May we be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Jesus Christ has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:32). In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.

About Manling Chen

Manling was born and grew up in Taiwan. She came with her husband and 2-year-old son to New York, NY, at age 30 to fulfill her dream of studying in the graduate school. She received a black belt in Taekwendo at age 40 and has been applying the Bible truth and discipline learned in the martial art to fight in her faith as a spiritual warrior. She works with God to write and is currently a freelance reporter for a national Chinese newspaper and writer based in Minnesota. Much of her writing is in the areas of spiritual learning, Bible study, parenting, education, Sunday school, opinions, interviews, and people's stories, etc.

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