March 14, 2016
Hart to Heart
Empowered to Be Kind
by Robert Hart
I thought this was a wonderful and encouraging word. Hope it is a blessing to all of you…
In reading this, just remember…we are not under law (Jesus said He was the fulfilment of the law). We under grace. So, if you are like me, and would like to imporve in some of these areas, here is a good prayer.
"Lord, I want to see these scriptural references in my life more and more. I delight in being totally dependent upon You, to see that accomplished in me. For your praise and glory, Amen.
Bread and Butter (from Sharing Bread, Chatanooga, Tennessee)
In reply, Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day, he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. "Look after him," he said. 'And when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have." Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?' The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."
A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings trouble on himself. Proverbs 11:17
An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kinid word cheers him up. Prov. 12:25
He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who is kind to the needy. Prov. 19:17
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful, and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:35-36
Love is patient, love is kind. I Corinthians 13:4
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you. Eph. 4:32
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Col. 3:12
"Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence, and learning." Fredrick Faber
"Every act of kindness and compassion done by any man for his fellow Christian is done by Christ working within him." Julian of Norwich
"Once we learn how to abide in His love, our feelings of jealousy, greed, and anger die a quick death. A true champion extends grace and kindness because he knows the transformation that has taken place in his own heart, and he realizes those who receive God's love and grace have no other course of action but to give God's love away." Michael Youssef
Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul." Teresa of Avila
"Here lies the tremendous mystery—that God should be all-powerful, yet refuses to coerce. He summons us to cooperation. We are honored in being given the opportunity to participate in His good deeds." Elisabeth Elliot
"The disciple is one who, intent on becoming Christlike…rearranges his affairs to that end." Dallas Willard
"Instead of being unhappy, just let your love grow as God wants it to grow. Seek goodness in others. Love more persons more…unselfishly, without thought of return. The return, never fear, will take care of itself." Henry Drummond
"The other service one should perform for another person in a Christian commnity is active helpfulness. To begin with, we have in mind simple assistance in minor, external matters. There are many such things wherever people live together. Nobody is too good for the lowest service. Those who worry about the loss of time entailed by such small external acts of helpfulness are usually taking ther own work too seriously. We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God, who will thwart our plans and frustrate our ways time and again, even daily, by sending people across our path with their demands and requests." Dietrch Bonhoeffer
- Kindness not only benefits the reciever but the giver as well.
- The motivation for kindness is to be pure and to point to Jesus who enables the action…rather than to me. The One who gives the power gets the glory.
- The more Christ loves others through me, the more I desire for Christ to love others through me.
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