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Choose Kindness & Compassion – A 2MefromHim Devotional

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020 | 2 comments

Choose Kindness & Compassion – A 2MefromHim Devotional

To choose kindness and compassion, I must overcome uncharitable and selfish thoughts. It’s what Jesus would do.






Choose Kindness and Compassion

A 2MefromHim Devotional

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

Always choose kindness and compassion. What we remember most about others is how they treat us. The best friend is one who goes out of their way to show love. Yet how easy it is to find an excuse to do the opposite.

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Be kind and compassionate to one another... Ephesians 4:32 #kindness #relationships Click To Tweet

Choose Kindness

Not long ago, I sat at the bedside of my dying aunt. As a former nurse, sitting beside a deathbed wasn’t uncomfortable, however, a friend’s visit cheered my heart. When she realized the imminence of death, she remained. We sang hymns, read scripture, and prayed. Sacrificing her own plans for the day, she sat with my uncle and me and remained until after my aunt’s passing. Her thoughtfulness and generosity will never be forgotten.

Likewise, there is a stark contrast between a display of kindness and those who are either neglectful or mean-spirited. Henry Drummond said, “The greatest thing a man can do for his heavenly Father is to be kind to some of his other children.”

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Kindness Heals

I came across a quote recently from Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Occasionally, family members treat each other with less courtesy and kindness than they do acquaintances or even strangers.” I think this even applies to our family of fellow Christians and the greater family of mankind. Nothing should cause us to deny someone’s need when it is within our power to be kind. Even relationships broken by mistrust, lack of understanding, and hostility can begin to mend through a single act of self-sacrifice and care. It matters little if we understand completely, only that we help within our ability.

Broken relationships can begin to mend through a single act of self-sacrifice and care. #healing #relationships #hope Click To Tweet

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Lack of Compassion Hurts

In contrast, a confrontation with someone lacking kindness reminds me of the screams my husband and I heard coming from beside some railroad tracks near a sightseeing spot. We ran in that direction, only to discover a deer taken down by a pack of wild dogs. Though we chased them away, they returned. Similarly, to be treated with a lack of compassion and understanding leaves deep emotional wounds. Self-preservation makes us avoid people who hurt rather than help.

To be treated with a lack of compassion and understanding leaves deep emotional wounds. #compassion #depression #pain Click To Tweet

The Cost of being Kind

My father is remembered for his kindness. After he died, a dear friend related how he showed up at their door one year with money to buy Christmas gifts for their boys. Their savings were stolen from his wife’s purse, and though our family wasn’t well off, my father somehow found the means to help.

As a child of God, I must overcome uncharitable and selfish thoughts in order to treat someone with kindness. It’s what Jesus would do. It dishonors Christ to ignore someone’s plea when I possess the power to help. Yes, it costs us to be kind. We pay in time, humility, and sometimes money. However, the reward is everlasting.

Who do you know that needs to be shown some kindness? Will you honor Christ and make the sacrifice necessary to help?

Treating someone with kindness costs us something but pleases Jesus. #kindness #healing #Jesus Click To Tweet

© Norma Gail Holtman, February 22, 2020


About the author:

Norma Gail - AuthorNorma Gail writes Fiction to Refresh Your Spirit. Her contemporary novels, Land of My Dreams, which won the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award, and Within Golden Bands (releasing May 19, 2020), explore the theme of women whose faith triumphs over trials. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at, the Stitches Thru Time blog, Inspire a Fire, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Historical Writers of America, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Norma is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 44 years. They have two adult children. If you’re interested in connecting with her, follow her blog, or join her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Goodreads, or Amazon.


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Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 | 4 comments

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Have you been there? Down, depressed, overwhelmed by the words and actions of others? Hopeless, fearful, inadequate, unworthy? Come with me to the mountain. Listen to what a friend of God would hear. He’s waiting for you!

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Posted by on May 2, 2016 | 2 comments

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God uses ordinary situations in our daily lives to reveal His extraordinary love and compassion. He chooses circumstances where we are least expecting Him to reveal His great love and convince us of His power and love. His desire is always to move us from skeptic to believer.

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The Encouragement of Friends

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 | 8 comments

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The encouragement of friends is often how God sends hope and help into our lives! I would love to hear your thoughts!

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