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 Jack Trieber

Pastor Trieber

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.