The word of the day today is the Ephesians chapter number 4 verse 32: “And be ye kind one to another.”
I want, if you would be willing, to pray for me. I’d just like to be a kind person today. Everyone in this world has issues. All of us have sorrows, disappointments, betrayals, and heartaches. Most of us also have joys in life.
Years ago, I remember going to a carnival, a fair in a little country town called Winnebago, Illinois, with my wife and father-in-law. This was before we had children, so it had to be 40-some years ago. I recall seeing the world’s largest man in a little tent. It was hot and humid. I walked in there, trying to be gracious, and I said something like, “Do you need anything?” But he just got mad. My father-in-law walked in right afterwards and he stayed in there. I thought, “The man’s sitting on the mark. Who knows what’s going on?” Eventually, I came out and my father-in-law said, “You know, that man just got saved.” That spoke to my heart. My father-in-law showed him kindness. I realized that I didn’t show him kindness because I got frustrated when he was frustrated with me.
It’s easy to be kind to kind people, but it’s a lot harder to be kind to people who are difficult or ordinary. Let’s make a conscious effort to be kind to everyone today.
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Pastor Trieber has served as the pastor of the North Valley Baptist Church since March of 1976. He is also the President of Golden State Baptist College.