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Today’s Encouragement is to remind you of the importance of showing kindness, being tenderhearted, and forgiving of those who are around you.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32 ESV

God’s standards are higher that what we place on ourselves.

First, Kindness.

Think about this for a minute.

Is He all of the above?

Is God kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving to everyone of us every day?

Does He show kindness towards us even when we are least deserving of it?

How many times do we act out irrationally towards others, whether we feel they deserved it or not? However, does whether they deserve it or not count as a valid reason in God’s eyes?

No, because God shows us kindness as well as mercy and grace even when we have messed up the most and deserve it the least.

So instead of judging others to determine if they deserve our kindness, we need to think about this verse and how He was very specific about what He was saying. God said, “Be kind to one another.” That simple.

Now I want to challenge you to think about this the next time you are sitting in traffic or standing in line (6′ apart from one another, thanks to Covid), think about just one random act of kindness that you could bestow on someone in that moment.

If while you are sitting in traffic, could you show kindness by letting the person who is struggling to merge over into your lane?

Could you hold the door open for them, say a simple hello with a smile or assist a person you see struggling?

The random act of kindness can be as simple or as complex as you make it.

Next, Tenderhearted.

Is God not tenderhearted towards us when we keep making the same mistakes over and over again?

Think about being a parent, a teacher, or someone who instructs people to do things all day long. How many times do their constant mistakes begin to grate on your nerves. Sometimes even your last one.

Well, God is simple in this reminder here. He instructs us to be tenderhearted.

He knows how important it is for us to have and use a soft and tender tongue and equally how important it is for our hearts to reflect that same tenderness. For what our words are is a reflection of what is in our hearts.

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

Proverbs 31:26 ESV

So before you get frustrated with your situation, take a quick breath and ask in that moment for God to soften your heart so it can be tender towards the one in need of it.

Lastly, Forgiveness.

Is He not all forgiving, even when we don’t deserve it?

God asks for us to be forgiving just as He, Himself, is forgiving. This however, for most of us, is actually the hardest one of all.

Think about a situation you may be facing that requires you to have a forgiving heart.

Think about how much better you would feel if you just gave up the fight and allowed the forgiveness to take over your heart, instead of the feeling the anger, jealousy, bitterness and hurtfulness that has consumed you.

So many times we allow the ugliness from the wrongful act to consume us. We ask ourselves, “Why would I forgive that person for “x”? Then we justifly ourselves in believing we do not have forgive them because “they were wrong!” We convince ourselves that is it perfectly okay to not forgive them by saying, “I’m not going to do that. I don’t have to. It wasn’t my fault.”

Does any of this sound familiar?

Now stop for a moment and think about who is really being hurt by those thoughts and feelings.

Not the person who did you wrong. Not the person next door or the people you are living with. No, only “you” pay for the hardened feelings and raw emotions that go with this anger and vengence.

Are you not more important that the wrong that has been done to you?

Now, take a moment and think about the “Reason for the Season”.

God created His Son to come to this world to not just to walk around the streets of it like we do today. He didn’t come to be your best friend or neighbor next door. He sent His Son to this world to die an ugly and horrific death on a cross, not because He didn’t love Him, but instead because He not only loved Him, but He loved us. He sent us His Son as a living sacrifice for each and everyone of us. He says very clearly, “for those who believe in Him will not parish, but have eteranl life.” This requires us to ask God to forgive us of our sins and in turn we are guarenteed our Home in Heaven.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 NIV

Did you catch that very important part? God doesn’t think about what we have done by checking off blocks on a score card of sorts. No, He promises to forgive us of our sins and wrongdoings.

In turn, God’s command to us is simple, it is to forgive one another just as He forgives us.

He didn’t put stipulations with it. Well, forgive if they __________ (fill in the blank) or don’t forgive if they ________ (fill in the blank).

No, His command was to forgive one another, just as Christ forgave you.

So as we close out today’s encouragement, let us be reminded how we can show kindness, tenderheartedness, and forgiveness towards everyone, during the hustle and bustle of this busy Christmas season.

Have a wonderful day, dear Friend!

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Are You Sharing or Receiving Your Value?

Encouragement Today

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Today’s Encouragement is coming again from the character trait of value through the power of humility.

I believe these work together in today’s reminder because many people fall in the trap of believing their value is reversed in this situation.

Many people determine their “value” based on what they receive and not what they give.

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.  Albert Einstein

I think this seen in two common areas in life. We see it in those who lack self-worth and in the people who are in leadership positions.

I believe the people who lack self-worth fall into this trap because they do not see their own worth and value in what they give to others.

They do not see the value their life offers to others. As a result their life becomes about what they receive rather then what they give because they become so focused on what they are not receiving from others instead of what they do receive.

For these people, a cycle of negativity begins and they become pessimistic. When the cycle of pessimism continues, they see their worth only as valuable as what they receive and not what they share with others.

When this occurs, it becomes an emotionally dangerous cycle, but if this person could identify this is occurring, it could be changed and they could learn to live a much more gratifying life.

They would be able see and share their value with others again.

The second category I list are those who are in leadership positions. I believe this occurs because of a reversed logic.

This person becomes arrogant in believing they are so good in their job and in life that others are to share things such as respects and materialism with them. This allows them to believe their value is based on what others do for them and not what they share with others.

As a result, this person looses the value of what their life has to give for a completely different reason.

In this situation, humility would begin the healing process. Once they become more humble, they would be able to see their own “real” value and would learn that sharing it with others is a more fulfilling feeling then always receiving it from others.

There are many more situations where people loose their ability to see their value, but I felt God wanted me to focus on these two groups today.

I am not sure if this affects any of you today, but if it does, today’s challenge is to seek God and ask Him how you can reverse this role and experience the wonderful feeling of sharing your value then to receive it all the time. 

 

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Motivational Monday

Beauty is Found in Your Character and Strength

Do you look in the mirror and are struggling to like what you see?

Do you feel like you must follow the commercials on TV and social media that are trying to sell you the latest line of youthful cosmetics, beauty aids, gym equipment, vitamins, and organic healthy foods and drinks?

Your motivational reminder today is that you are “Beautiful” both inside and outside.

God created you perfect in his image.

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; “my soul knows it very well.”  Psalm 139:14 (ESV)

Your beauty runs deep down into who you are and what Designmakes up your personality, your character, and even your soul.

Have you ever noticed when you look past a person’s outer appearance and look deep into a person’s eyes, you are able to see how either beautiful or shallow a person is?

This is because your true beauty is found inside, not on the outside of your appearance.

Let your eyes, your smile and your character shine through so others are able to see your “true” beauty.

Remember God’s words, “You are fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Lastly, let this verse be one you cling to when you struggle with what you and your mirror see.

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” Proverbs 31:25 (ESV)

My friend, strength and dignity are extremely valuable traits that will allow your true beauty to shine brightly.

Allow these character traits to be who the “true” you is and where your “beauty” comes from.

Smile and allow your beauty to shine brighter than the brightest of day.

 

 

 

 

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Encouragement Today

I am bringing back one of my favorites today on Character.

Click on the above link to take you to the post.

Character development isn’t always an easy process, but it is one that we all go through during our life time. Our life circumstances mold us into who God is wanting us to become. Hang on tight as the ride might be a bit bumpy, but have faith in God that His plan is always perfect. Remember the refining process of precious gems takes a lot of heat, molding, and shaping before it can become a “fine and precious gem”. 

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,” 1 Peter 1:6-7 NKJV

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