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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Teen Tuesday: Kindness

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where it is really hard to be nice to someone?  Maybe they were annoying you, or maybe they were rude to you in some way.  What was your response to this situation?  Most of us, if we were to be honest, would respond with harsh words or with a bad attitude. Well, Ephesians 4:32 says, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”  This verse tells us that we should be kind to others, even if they are not kind in return.  When someone does wrong to us, we should respond with kindness.  This verse also tells us that we need to be forgiving.  Think about how Christ forgives us when we disobey His word.  Instead of trying to get revenge on someone for something that they may have said or done to you, you should just forgive them and let it go.  Forgiving someone can be a very hard thing to do, but it is a necessary thing if you want to have peace with others.  Holding a grudge does not affect others, for the most part, you will be the one affected by it. So the next time we are faced with a problem such as this, before we react, we need to stop and think about what Ephesians 4:32 tells us.  Firstly, we need to respond with kindness, and only kindness, and secondly, we need to be forgiving, like Christ forgives us when we do wrong.  We cannot control the behavior of others, but we certainly can control our own behavior.  As Christians, we should strive to be more and more like Christ each day, especially in the area of kindness and forgiveness. 

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