The kindness of God

The way God was portrayed when I was growing up was pretty scary. He seemed huge and powerful but He was the ultimate judge who was more of a punisher than a fair judge. He was the God of wrath whose love was reserved for the chosen few. I didn’t feel chosen. I felt excluded. There seemed to be a hierarchy in the kingdom of the Lord and I found myself at the bottom of the ladder with no hope of climbing it. My life was riddled with disappointment and heartaches and I thought I was being punished for not being pious enough. I didn’t know how to buy my way to Heaven. There seemed to be a magic formula and I was left out of that secret. I had to work my way into God’s favor according to what I was told. I feared God and it wasn’t awe but real fear. I lost interest in trying to please Him and trying to make it to Heaven. I lived my life. I did the best I could but like many people, I compared myself to others. I didn’t understand why God loved them more than He loved me. The problem was that I was buying into the lies of the enemy and I was blinded. Not only did God love me that whole time but He was also a kind God. You see, the enemy hid the kindness of God from me because He knew it would draw me closer to the Lord. I was in need of kindness. I longed for goodness and I looked for gentleness. I was basically in search of everything that God was but I was led astray. Then Jesus came and reversed the way I saw God, He spoke truth into my life and His truth set me free.

 

God is a good God. He is the best One you will ever meet. Life, circumstances, the enemy, the adversity give Him a bad rap. Even the church has versions of God that can leave you terrified and not edified. God is kind and His kindness endures forever. It is time we put the kindness back in God. It is time we drew a portrait of the real loving God. The One the world needs to hear about. The One the people who struggle emotionally and physically need to find out about. The God whose kindness is enough and whose love saved the world. It’s His love that caused the crucifixion to take place. It’s His love and kindness that made Him sacrifice His only begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him shall have eternal life. God’s kindness needs to be promoted more than any political or financial agenda. God is kind and His kindness is the wrap around all the messages from God that we should be delivering. The wrath and the doom are not what God is about when He talks to us. He talks about love and with love. The world doesn’t get to hear about the kindness of God enough. The world hears about the lack of compassion and empathy that has been attached to God. The wrong labels need to go. Let’s take God out of the box the world created and let’s give Him the chance to be the God He truly is. Let’s give God’s kindness the voice that it deserves. God loves everyone. That is every single person that will ever walk the earth. His kindness and love are unparalleled!

 

We are the conduits of God’s kindness. We are the carriers of His love and kindness. The flow can be stopped if we put a cork in the pipeline from Heaven. Our actions, words and thoughts can stop the flow of God’s kindness. They are the cork we should get rid of. When the Word of God says “Renew your mind,” it refers to adjusting our minds so that they are more like Christ’s. Kindness overloads the Lord’s mind. There is kindness everywhere in His thoughts. I see them as the land of the kind. There is no evil and no mean thought in His mind. It is governed by love and kindness. When we work at renewing our minds, we strive to let kindness rule our thoughts. At least that is what we should be doing. Are you renewing your mind through the filter of love and kindness? The kindness of God in us, this amazing fruit, leads us to walk in love and to put others before us. It is the goal of the fruit. I don’t want my fruit to be unripened and to stay green all the time. I want it to wear the colors of love and kindness and produce more fruit that the world can eat, enjoy and benefit from. You and I have a beautiful mission and it’s to make sure that God’s kindness spreads like wildfire. The loving kindness of God will always exist and we can make sure that people know about it. His kindness saved us. Let’s spread the Word. Let’s spread the love. Let’s spread God’s kindness!

Suggested reading: 1 Samuel 20:14; Psalm 31:21; Galatians 5:13

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The importance of watching what we say

What’s in a word? I often feel that some words are heavier than others. Some words help, some words derail. Some words bless, some words curse. Some words bring peace, some words bring confusion. Do we always realize how much how words matter? I know I used to speak freely and use words that were derailing me, cursing me so to speak and bringing confusion. The power behind our words is underrated at least it was for me. Then I spent time searching for what the Lord had to say about our words. The book of Proverbs was a good place to find answers. Even before that book the Bible tells us about the power of words. God used the power of words at the very beginning. He spoke and the world was created. On a smaller scale we have that same power. Our words create and they can also destroy. I have been taught the importance of watching my words through experience and through the leading of the Holy Spirit. One thing I try my best to keep in mind is where my words are leading me. Are they leading me on the path of life or on the path of death? Are they feeding my faith or feeding my fears? Are they glorifying the Lord or are they magnifying the world? Words have so much power and we don’t always see their effects but they do something either positive or negative in our lives. Today I am inviting you to watch the power of your words. What path are you on because of your words?

 

 
When I am tired or when I don’t feel well, I find myself very susceptible to saying things that are far from edifying. I don’t swear at all but my word choices could be better. Words don’t have to sound bad to do damage. What I mean by that is that we are so used to hearing negative words that we don’t necessarily recognize their negative tone. People are so used to complaining that it is almost odd if we don’t hear anyone complain. “This is impossible” is a phrase we are very familiar with but we don’t always see how much negative impact it has in the spiritual realm. What does this phrase do? It stops the hand of God. It stalls our faith and it blocks the miraculous from happening. Anything that expresses lack, failure, inability or impossibilities is a faith blocker that can cause havoc. Like I said before, these expressions sound so natural that we think they are harmless. They are what we know. However, what we should be used to is speaking words of faith, words of hope and words of the impossible being possible.

 

 
We should never underestimate the power of positive words. Those words give a boost to our faith and they line us up with God’s heart. I want to stay connected to the heart of God as much as I can and I believe my words can keep me in the place where my life is in sync with God’s heart. Erasing complaints is a great start and replacing them with words of thanksgiving is powerful. Injecting as many words of God in what we say will definitely change the spiritual atmosphere we live in. I often talk about positive affirmations first thing in the morning. They do wonders and they should be sustained throughout the day. God is a positive God and we ought to imitate Him. As we make it a habit to speak blessings and to speak words of hope, we will see things start to change for the best in our lives because we will be speaking amazing things into creation. Our words should come out as arrows of victory that are pointing to what the Lord is doing and not to what we can’t do. Our words are weapons of faith. They are weapons against spiritual dullness and negative outcomes. I hope you will be joining me in watching what we say. Spend time in the Word and find what the Lord tells us about “speaking life into our lives.” Let’s stay away from words of defeat, words of hate and words of lack. Let’s make sure that are words are exalting the Lord and blessing everyone around us. Let’s watch what we say!

 

Suggested reading: Proverbs 21:23; Colossians 4:6; 1 Peter 3:10

Our advocate 

Monday is here and there are so many promises we can hold on to all week to get us through the days. Today I want to focus on 1 John 2:1. I believe this promise is going to bless you and encourage you to face whatever comes your way. The scripture says “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” Do you know anyone who doesn’t sin? We all do so this verse is for all of us. We will sin this week but we have Jesus so we shouldn’t live in condemnation. I want to draw your attention to the last part of the verse. Jesus is our advocate. Think about this truth this week. It is an incredibly powerful statement. An advocate is similar to a lawyer. The main difference is that an advocate doesn’t always get paid. A friend could be an advocate for you. An advocate will stand up for your rights and will be your supporter when you go through a trial. He or she will speak for you in front of your accusers. A lawyer takes up your case and stands by you throughout the whole ordeal. A good lawyer will win your case. What better advocate or lawyer could we ask for other than Jesus? He is the ultimate advocate. He is the high priest sitting by God. He will plead your case and bring you to victory. He is in direct contact with God the Father. Thanks to Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, we have a direct line to God. We have a direct phone line to heaven. His line is never busy. You won’t get disconnected. He might put you on hold but it’s always for a good reason. He will get back on the line and listen to you. The good news is that even before you dial his number through prayer, He already knows what you are going to ask Him. He will give you the desires of your heart even if you can’t remember His number. His grace is amazing. We do need to keep the habit of going to Him every chance we get. Talk to your advocate this week. You might go through the strangest trial of your life. A trial that you think you are going to lose. It might look bleak and dismal but remember Jesus has authority over all the universe and the world. He is also the number one winner. He won on the cross and His legacy lives on. While you are going through your trial, ask your advocate to give you peace and patience. He has a never ending supply of them. Know that He is right by your side and He can provide anything you need. Get excited about this week. Our awesome advocate is going to be with us all week long. This is a promise to keep in your heart and hold on to. This week is going to be amazing because Jesus is going to publicly support our cause and see us through any difficulties. He knows what our rights are and He will defend us day after day. Amen!Suggested reading: Psalm 37:4; Proverbs 31:8-9; John 14:16; Hebrews 8:1-2; 1 Timothy 2:5