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Led By The Spirit Summer Challenge #7 Kindness

Week 7 Challenge: This week look for ways you can show kindness to those God has placed in your lives. Pray and ask God for opportunities to demonstrate kindness to them.

The highest compliment a Christian woman can receive is to be described as “too nice.” When people say that of you or me, we can know we are truly exhibiting the Spirit’s fruit!- Elizabeth George

What adjectives do people use to describe you? Would kind be one of them?

1. We are called to be kind
As we strive to be more and more like Christ, we need to emulate His kindness for others. We are called, as Christians, to be kind and compassionate to one another. (Eph. 4:32) In 2 Timothy 2:24, Paul writes “And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone…” Not only are we called to be kind to fellow believers, but we are called to be kind to EVERYONE! That means even to those who are hard to get along with. Some people who might make that list could be in-laws, other family members, co-workers, and possibly neighbors.

2. What is kindness?
Kindness has been defined as tenderness and concern for others. Showing kindness is an action. We need to be looking for individuals to show kindness toward. Who in your life needs kindness shown to them? Who can you help ease their burden?

Kindness means making life easier for others- not harder- just as Jesus makes your life and mine easier.- Elizabeth George

3. Increasing kindness in our lives
As we begin our days, putting on our clothes, doing our hair and make-up we also should get in the habit of clothing ourselves in another way… Colossians 3:12 says “we are to clothe ourselves with …kindness.” One way to do this is to pray for greater love and compassion for others. Ask God to open your eyes to see needs of those around you that you could meet. Look for needs you could meet in your home, neighborhood, town, or church. Begin thinking how can I serve others instead of thinking how can others serve me.

Week 7 Challenge: This week look for ways you can show kindness to those God has placed in your lives. Pray and ask God for opportunities to demonstrate kindness to them.

Praying for you all this week!

Love God Greatly,

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  1. Great Elizabeth George quote! I love her! Not only do I want to develop kindness in my own life but I think of my children – specifically my daughter. The whole "mean girls" thing scares me. I want to raise a daughter who is kind to everyone and it starts by me role modeling that to her. Little girls can be fussy with how they treat one another – catty – gossipy- slanderous – rude- competitive – it’s UGLY! May we raise a generation of "kind girls" to replace the previous generation of mean girls!

    Much Love,
    Courtney

  2. Thank you Angela & Courtney, kindness is something that quickly gets overlooked in stressful times, I am really challenged as the people God has placed in my path are principally my husband & kids and I am sometimes "not so kind" as I do not tend to have my "company " manners on when I am frazzled. In fact I CAN smile and speak softly and not sharply of the phone rings and I’m rushing so I need to be intentionally kind, we are all suffering the same stress and I am all over the kids when they are rude to me but when do the same by not having a kind attitude- I am wrong. Oh dear.
    Thank you for this reminder, it is "in due season" for me, hugs
    C

  3. Courtney the “mean girls” attitude scares me too. That’s why in my own life I have taken steps to protect myself and my girls. I’ve noticed in the past when I watched certain shows where the women are catty or argumentative, I can take on those attitudes and be that way with my husband or children. I have personally chosen not to watch those types of shows because of what they expose me to. I honestly don’t watch much TV anyway…..maybe just a few hours a week and always at night when my daughters are asleep. Our minds are very powerful and what we put into them, what we allow ourselves to see and hear, good or bad, can come out in our lives later on towards those we love.

    Carolyn, I have been aware of my kindness towards my family this week as I began preparing for today’s post. One day, I caught myself talking in a very unkind way to my girls, I was tired and stressed and allowed myself to get upset. If either of them would have talked to me in the same tone that I talked to them, they would have gotten in trouble. After that incident, I intentionally made sure I showed kindness……I so want to be a godly example to my girls! I want them to remember me as being kind to them and their dad. All that to say that I’m in the same boat with you! :)

    Thanks sweet friends for your comments today! :)

    Love,

    Angela

  4. Courtney, Carolyn and Angela, I agree. I have to work on how to remain kind when others aren’t kind to me and maintain self control with my children. I will focus on God’s promise of "doing unto others as you would have them do unto you". God knows I need his guidance, perseverance and strength in this area.

  5. ahh this was much needed ange! sometimes my "quick wit" can take place of kindness and i know it is something i need to be more mindful of. although i dont have any daughters, i still want to be an example of kindness to the younger girls around me that i mentor and to my husband. thanks for the challenge!

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