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09/05/2023 - 10/05/2023 All day

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you”  (Ephesians 4:32)

In a letter to the Galatians Paul notes kindness as one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Gal 5:22-23). To strenghten his point Paul could have cited a particular inspiring example from the life of King David.

When David was forced to run into exile, pursued by King Saul, one of Saul’s son, Jonathan was kind to him. Where Jonathan would have seen David as a rival, at the risk of his life, he “made a covenant with the house of David, saying, “May the Lord take vengeance on David's enemies”  (I Samuel 20:16). Unfortunately Jonathan would perish during Saul’s last war. When the the throne eventually passed on to David, one of his first act was to be kind to one particular member of Saul’s household. “David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” ( 2 Samuel 9:1).

A crippled son of Jonathan was ushered before him. Immediately David promised, “I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table”   ( vv 7). And so it were!

Like David, kindness is that fruit of the gift of the Holy spirit, we must all share. Kindness differentiates children of God from all the mean haters and lovers of this world. It is a sign of our gratefulness for all the love God has shown us.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as you are kind towards me today I pray to share that kindness in return as a sign of gratefulness, this I pray in Jesus’s name!

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!