Friday, December 11, 2009

Good Will to All

"As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience."
--Colossians 3:12

"Kindness is more than thoughtful words and actions - it is also defined as a state of being kind. It's an attitude, a way of living, a well-exercised habit. If we truly want to emulate the kindness God showed when He sent us His son to be born in Bethlehem's manger, then we must make it a living, breathing part of who we are every day of the year.

"An attitude of kindness must start from within. Do we judge others by the color of their skin? What about those from unfamiliar cultures? Can we extend kind gestures to those who do not share our opinions about politics and religion? How about those whose lifestyles we disapprove of?

"It's easy to be kind to those who think like we do, look like we do, and act like we do. But it is far more difficult to show kindness to those who don't. We must remember that kindness neither condemns nor condones. It just is. God in all His holiness reached out in kindness to ALL of us, without reservation. His loving kindness is extended to every living soul. Glorify Him by asking that your own attitude of kindness would become as broad as a sky filled with angels."
--from the book, "Celebrating Christmas Every Day" by Helen Steiner Rice

1 comment:

  1. It's my life goal to clothe myself in kindness. I have to constantly work at it, because I can be so impulsive and do/say things that are hurtful. Luckily I keep getting a 2nd (3rd, 4th, 8th, 427th) chance.