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    September 22, 2020


    Rudeness is common in our world today, which is evident by an increase in disrespect, poor manners, and vulgarity. Certainly, it would be better to be gracious and thankful when someone provides helps. Courtesy and good manners are evident when doing so, and thereby you establish a lifelong habit of kindness.

    Proverbs 21:21 declares, “He who pursues righteousness and loyalty finds life, righteousness and honor.” To pursue is to find or employ measures to accomplish or obtain a goal. The words in the proverb demonstrate action. You are invited to “capture” righteousness and kindness. If you practice them, you will find life and honor.

    Good leaders have affection for people. To the church at Thessalonica, the Apostle Paul expressed fond affection, which is why he was pleased to impart the gospel of God to them, even through personal sacrifice (1 Thess 2:8). Paul did not hesitate from sharing his emotions with those he led. He could say, “What an affection I had for you. How precious you are to me." His words are most affectionate.

    Affection for people can be demonstrated in two ways: (1) modest yet frequent acts of kindness; and, (2) written words of appreciation. Those you lead should have a few notes of appreciation and encouragement from you by now. They should be accustomed to your expressions of affection, which include modest yet frequent acts of kindness. No person is so important that he or she is exempt from kindness, yet kind leadership necessitates courage and confidence in God’s grace.

    Colossians 3:12 declares, “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” The words “put on” (or “clothe” in some translations) require attention. What the Bible is saying in Colossians 3:12 is when you wake in the morning, you ought to dress yourself emotionally and spiritually as much as you do physically. When you wake in the morning and decide what clothes to wear, you should also ask ourself, “With what kind of attitude will I clothe myself today?”

    Scripture declares that kindness is a choice. You determine to “put on” kindness every day, or not. I have often heard kindness expressed as follows: “Find a need and fill it, find a hurt and heal it.” Why should you and I be kind when such actions can make us vulnerable? There is always the possibility we are misunderstood. Someone may wonder, “Why are you being so kind?” “What do you want?” Moreover, there is always the possibility that someone will use your kindness against you. They make think you are a dupe and exploit you to their own advantage.

    Despite the risks, the Bible tells us to practice kindness for two reasons. First, we are to be kind because God is kind to us. Ephesians 2:7 reveals that God’s kindness is what allows us to be saved by grace through faith alone in Christ Jesus. Grace and kindness accompany each other. Poet Robert Burns said, “the heart benevolent and kind the most resembles God.” We should be kind because God is kind to us.

    Second, we should be kind because we want people to be kind toward us. Jesus said, In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you (Matt 7:12). Rudeness only begets the same. However, if you are kind, most people will respond in a similar manner.

    Proverbs 11:17 declares, “The merciful man does himself good, but the cruel man does himself harm.” In other words, a person nourishes his or her soul when kind and destroys it when being unkind. Recalling the proverb that began this devotion, Proverbs 21:21 announces, “He who pursues righteousness and loyalty finds life, righteousness and honor.” When you are kind and honest, you will live a long life; and others will respect you and treat you fairly. Why should you pursue a life of kindness? The answer is that when you are kind, you truly do yourself a favor.

    Your Missionary-Pastor to Our Leaders,


    Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
    Capitol Commission Georgia





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