Words from the Heart for Thursday July 22nd, 2021
A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.
2 Timothy 2:24-25 (NLT)
During the pandemic, a number of well-known Canadians banded together to raise funds for Canadian food banks. During the country’s time of need, to show kindness and give back, the #StrongerTogether event was organized, featuring Michael Bublé, Ryan Reynolds, Mike Myers, Drake and others. It was a perfect example of the kindness that often marks Canadians. All in all, they raised over $8 million dollars for Food Banks in Canada. That’s quite an act of kindness.
Princess Diana once said, “Carry out random acts of kindness with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that someday someone might do the same for you.” I’ve been blessed to be on the receiving end of acts of kindness over the years. I recall every one of them, because they were such a blessing to my family and me. Christians have no option when it comes to kindness. It is among the fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5. It is also commanded by the apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 2:24-25: “A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.” Kindness isn’t the only fruit of the Spirit mentioned in these verses – patience and gentleness are as well. This fruit will mark the life of every truly born again follower of Jesus – and it will particularly be evident in our relationships. Even with those who are difficult. They do not come naturally. We must invite the Holy Spirit to do His deeper work in our lives so the fruit is evident.
These have been words from the heart.