Daily D – 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? (NIV)
God is kind, but he’s not soft. In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change. (The Message)
God is truly good and mercifully kind. Two different words are used for kindness in this verse. Each of them points to the combination of goodness and kindness. Goodness is kind. Kindness is good. This is God’s steady state. He is not capricious. He does not lash out irrationally. He gently and patiently lovingly leads us to himself.
What would be different where we live, work, and play if we reflected this aspect of God’s nature? What light would this behavior shine? How differently would people think about Jesus if they saw this in us?
What if everyone in our lives could anticipate kindness from us?
What if our reputation was shaped over years by abiding goodness?
Ponder the possibilities. Experiment with experiences. Live and love like Jesus.
I will live and love like Jesus with goodness and kindness.
Our Father, shape my life so that others may anticipate kindness and experience goodness at every encounter. Purge my heart of all things unmarked by your goodness and kindness. Fill those newly-emptied spaces with more goodness and more kindness. Use these character qualities to demonstrate your seeking, saving, keeping love. Amen.
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Daily D – Luke 10:5-6
Luke 10:5, 6 “Whenever you enter someone’s home, first say, ‘May God’s peace be on this house.’ If those who live there are peaceful, the blessing will stand; if they are not, the blessing will return to you.”
Daily D – Job 1:1
Job 1:1 There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil.
Daily D – Esther 6:6
Esther 6:6 So Haman came in, and the king said, “What should I do to honor a man who truly pleases me?” Haman thought to himself, “Whom would the king wish to honor more than me?”
Daily D – Esther 5:9
Esther 5:9 Haman was a happy man as he left the banquet! But when he saw Mordecai sitting at the palace gate, not standing up or trembling nervously before him, Haman became furious.
Daily D – Luke 10:3
Luke 10:3 “Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves.”