“Today be kind to others“

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"Clothe yourselves with…kindness." Col 3:12
When you get up in the morning, you must not only
clothe yourself physically but spiritually and
emotionally too. You must ask ourself, "What sort
of attitude am I going to wear today? Will I be
controlling or cooperative? Positive or negative?
Complimentary or critical? Selfish or serving?" You
say, "But when I'm kind, people take advantage of
me." Yes, sometimes that will happen. But that's the
difference between taking the low road or the high
road. Which do you want to walk on? Despite the
risks, here are two reasons to be kind: (1) "Because
of [God's] kindness you have been saved" (Eph 2:8
TLB). Grace and kindness go together. Always! Poet
Robert Burns said that the kind heart most
resembles God. (2) Because you want people to be
kind to you and treat you right. Jesus said, "Do to
others what you would have them do to you" (Mt
7:12 NIV). If you are rude, people are going to be
rude to you. But if you are kind, most people will
desire to respond the same wav. "Be kind and
honest and you will live a long life; others will
respect you and treat you fairly" (Pr 21:21 GNT).
And here is another reason to be kind: "Your own
soul is nourished when you are kind: it is destroyed
when you are cruel" (Pr 11:17 TLB). So when you are
kind to others, you are really doing yourself a favor.
Let's read it again: "As God's chosen people, holy
and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with
compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and
patience" (Col 3:12 NIV). Now go out and try living
that way for one whole day.

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