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There seems to be a quality of life that is lacking in our experience these days. It can be seen almost every day and in any circumstance we face. Impatience, insensitivity, people having an elevated level of expectation, and those easily offended. In traffic, the workplace, stores, restaurants, schools, and at times, even in our homes. Sadly, it is a plight common to all. But it is just not for our time only. Jesus experienced the same condition as He lovingly ministered to the people of His day. 

There is an account of this found in the Gospel of Mark. (10:13-18) Jesus was expressing kindness as He was reaching out to families with loving attention. As the parents were bringing their children to Jesus the disciples were rebuking them and turning them way.  These followers must have thought that Jesus was way too important to be troubled with the insignificance of family and nuisance of children. On the contrary, Jesus chastised the disciples and said that the children are to come and theirs was the kingdom of God. He then took the young people in His arms and blessed them. He laid His hands on  them in this act of kindness. This means He was gentle, sympathetic, and compassionate. 

I believe God inspired kindness is what is needed in our time. As Followers of Jesus we must be like Him. That would mean that our efforts of kindness must be intentional. Our attitudes and actions must not emulate our culture of frustration. Proverbs 15:1 states, “A gentle word turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” In fact, if we demonstrate kindness, we are being obedient to what Jesus commands. Luke 6:31 presents this truth, “Treat people the same way you want them to treat you.” 

The quality of kindness expressed is the answerer to the troubling and difficult times we have all come to know.  

Let’s be kind as we serve the Lord together. 

P. Craig 

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