Daily D – Ephesians 2:6-7
Ephesians 2:6, 7 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. (NIV)
Perhaps the most neglected doctrine of Christianity is kindness. Jesus is unfailingly kind. He is better than nice. He is more joyful than happy. His peace overflows from his presence. His love is great. His mercy is rich. His grace saves even me.
How do you know other people are in Christ and are allowing Jesus to shape them into his likeness? We see it in their eyes. We hear it in their speech. We feel it in their touch. We are refreshed by them as they are refreshed by Jesus.
If you really, really want a better world, let Jesus reshape your life. Allow him to build his kindness into your heart and soul. Invite him to do so. Anticipate that he is doing so. Lead every thought, every idea, every conversation, every interaction with a positive answer to this important question: What is the kindest action or response for this moment?
Some will not acknowledge your kindness. Be kind anyway.
Some will take advantage of your kindness. Be kind anyway.
Some will use your kindness against you. Be kind anyway.
Some will ask you why you are so nice. Be kind and explain how Jesus is reshaping your life.
Some will reject Jesus because they think you cannot persist in such constant kindness. Make it your ambition to begin, to continue, and to end your every day and every interaction with kindness.
Kindness is more persuasive than sermons.
Kindness is more enduring than lessons learned from a book.
Kindness is more beautiful than art.
Kindness reveals us as masterpieces of God’s grace. (See verse 10.)
When people habitually experience kindness from us, they see beyond the behavior to our savior. Warm up your witness with kindness.
I will master the theology of kindness.
Our Father, it was your kindness that took me from where I was and has led me to this place. May your kindness have its full effect in my life now and always. Amen.
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Psalm 32:7-9 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Exodus 39:42, 43 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Exodus 33:13 “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”