I saw something the other day that said, “In a society where it is possible to be anything, be kind!” I like that — be kind.
“A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself” (Proverbs 11:17, ESV).
As Christians we often talk about the free will that God gives us. Oft times, we talk about that and how evil people use their free will to do evil things. We do not have to look around us very long before we see examples of that. I think we could profitably look at the other side of the argument.
If we truly have free will, and we do, then we should use our freedom to be good people. We should be people who do good things; people who are kind to others.
One of the first impressions a visitor to our services gets is how they are greeted by members of the congregation. And that impression will influence their decision to come back or not. My first impression of Hebron was how friendly people were and how kind everybody was.
Of course, being friendly and kind should not be something that we do with ulterior motives. We should be friendly and kind all the time.
My challenge — am I the same person when I am at church as when I am out in the local community? Am I that same person when I am behind closed doors at home?
I really can choose to be anything. I want to choose to be kind.
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamour and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” Ephesians 4:31, 32, ESV).
Colin R. Vine
04/03/2018 1 John 1 – Graham
11/03/2018 1 John 2 – Alan Doyle
05/03/2018 – Bob Brown
12/03/2018 – Paul Caygell
19/03/2018 – Alan Coyle
26/03/2018 – Pam Rushton