Principle 8: Be kind.

Kindness is Winning.

Being an  achiever by nature, I like to win.  Or at least to be at the top.  Top 10%.  Honors. Etc.  with that judgmentalism has been a characteristic that  defined me for years.  Me, I’d prefer to be the judge, however I’m learning to entrust my life to the one who judges justly.  I Peter 2:23  Kindness is better than winning.  Not that you won’t win, but that you are a conqueror already.

Love in the Margins

Mark 9:36-37 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

Jesus picks up a child and says take care of one of these in my name, you will have a deep and abiding relationship with me.  Children were often marginalized in ancient societies.  They weren’t the highly esteemed.  The inverse might also be true:  Don’t take care of the marginalized, you won’t have a deep and abiding relationship with God.

It’s easy in business today to try to link up with the highly esteemed.  Much harder to care for the extremely marginalized, flies in the face of everything defined in society today.  Depression, addicts, abuse, abortion many things are not talked about, but defining society and culture today.  You can change the world one person at a time.

I knew a friend once, name to remain unmentioned.  Picked up this fella from under a bridge.  Cared for him, learned not just his “Street Story” but his real story.  Shared with him the love of Christ, and that man today is a believer.  He’s been to see his family that he had ran from for 15 years, and now works to love people through his service.  Not just asking for money.   Simply took the kindness of ONE stranger.

Kindness Leads to Change

Romans 2:4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

The kindness of God leads men toward repentance.

People can change.  Kindness is the driving factor.  Maybe not your kindness, but surely the kindness of God.  Learn to channel the grace given to you, do something kind for someone today.

I had to be compensated.  Money or blood.  When relationships become a ledger of profit and loss, you have no loved ones you have no friends.  Just pluses and minuses.  You are absolutely alone.  – Sons of Anarchy, Season 2

Leave a comment and let us know.  When was the last time you did something kind for a stranger?

Do something kind for someone Today.

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