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Kindness

Friday

June 24, 2016

Be an Example

Read

“In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” Titus 2:7-8

Think

Think about someone from your past who has made a difference, someone who has left an indelible impression on your life. Whether that person was a teacher or parent or coach or some other figure, we all have someone who left their mark on us. God wants us to be that kind of person – the kind that leaves a positive mark on those around us. Today’s verse shows us how.
As you go through your day today, look for ways to set an example to those around you. Be a person of integrity, and do what is good. In our world, that kind of thing stands out. It gives us the opportunity to tell others why we live the way we live. It gives us the chance to talk about Jesus!

Pray

Pray for opportunities to display integrity, kindness, and goodness to someone in your life. Then, pray for the words they need to hear that will point them to Jesus.

Act

Think of a random act of kindness that you can perform for someone. But don’t let it just be an act; follow that act up with telling them WHY you did it. In other words, tell them that because of Christ’s example in your life, you want to set an example to others as well!

 

Wednesday

April 22, 2015

Don’t be a donkey!

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“A violent person entices their neighbor and leads them down a path that is not good.” Proverbs 16:29

Think

Have you ever known someone who is just plain mean; someone who looks for ways to bring others down, just to make themselves feel better? We all have known someone like that. They act just like donkeys, biting and kicking and pulling against everything and everyone that comes in their way. These are the kind of people today’s verse is warning us about.

As you surround yourself with people in your life, make sure you aren’t “yoked up” with this kind of person. God doesn’t want you to have to experience a life of pain from the donkey type people. You will have to deal with them, because the fact is they are around. But when it comes to your biggest influences and closest friends, make sure you aren’t surrounded by people that lead you “down a path that is not good.”

Pray

If you have mean-spirited people in your life, pray for them. Also, pray for the strength it takes to deal with them in a way that honors God and shows them the true meaning of His love.

Act

Check your own attitude and actions and do a survey of your own life. Are you acting like a donkey – always biting and kicking and pulling against people in your life?

Thursday

August 14, 2014

God Knows Our Secret Works

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“Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” – Matthew 6:4

Think

It feels good when we do good deeds. And if we’re honest with ourselves, it feels even better when others praise us for doing it. After all, who doesn't want to be acknowledged? But what if no one ever saw what you do? Would you still be motivated to act justly?

The truth is, God sees it all! In fact, God’s infinite knowledge of everything we do, say, think, etc… can sometimes make us uncomfortable. But instead of feeling uncomfortable, we should be comforted. He is watching us because he loves us and we are important to Him. So, those good deeds we do in private are not really that private. God sees it; He is pleased and you will be rewarded.

Pray

Ask God to reveal to you the source of your motivation. Ask Him to help you change your motivation, if necessary, and to feel His pleasure when you act justly.

Act

Do something nice for someone else today, but do it anonymously. As tempting as it may be, don’t let anyone know you did it. God knows. Pleasing Him is all that matters.

Thursday

March 13, 2014

For love’s sake

Read

“‘The Lord bless him!’ Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. ‘He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.’ She added, ‘That man is our close relative; he is one of our guardian-redeemers.’” Ruth 2:20

Think

Ruth had a history of thinking only of others, particularly Naomi. From the time they made the move from Moab, Ruth was only concerned with Naomi’s well-being. She sought to take care of Naomi, and she did it without concern for herself and without ulterior motives. She simply loved to love. Now, Ruth is experiencing the return of that love from Boaz.

When we live a life that exudes love, the reality is that we often experience the love of others. That love can sometimes come from unexpected sources. Our willingness to display love in our own lives opens our lives to the possibility to be loved. Are you displaying a love that is selfless? Do you love without ulterior motives? God wants us to live a life of love…for love’s sake.

Pray

Thank God for giving you the capacity to love. Pray for His supernatural love to be displayed in your life so that others can see what a life of love is truly about.

Act

The greatest displays of love are those that don’t have ulterior motives. Think of one way you could show love to someone in your life today. Show them your love, and do it without expecting anything in return. You’ll be surprised what comes back to you!

 

Monday

March 10, 2014

A selfless sacrifice that saves

Read

Then Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, ‘Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. May the Lord show you kindness, as you have shown kindness to your dead husbands and to me.’” Ruth 1:8

Think

There’s a word for love in the Bible that is difficult to translate directly in a single word or concept. It’s a Hebrew word that encapsulates many aspects of love. The closest translation requires a cluster of words like mercy, love, grace, loyalty, and kindness. That word in Hebrew is “hesed.”

Hesed is a completely selfless concept. It’s thinking more of the other person than of ourselves. Throughout the book of Ruth, hesed plays a major role. Naomi, in today’s verse, extends that kind of selfless love to her daughters-in-law. She wasn’t concerned with her own well-being; she only wanted to look out for them.

Hesed, though, isn’t only in the book of Ruth. God extends that same kind of selfless, sacrificing, grace-filled love to us through His son Jesus. You are a central figure in God’s love story. Have you experienced that kind of selfless love? Do you extend that kind of love to others?

Pray

Thank God for His completely selfless love for you. Ask Him to help you not only experience that love in your life, but also to extend that love to others around you.

Act

Read about the selfless act of love God performed for you in Romans 5:8. Write that verse down and carry it with you as a reminder of God’s selfless love for you, no matter what you have done.

 

Tuesday

October 15, 2013

Tue, Oct 15

Read

… you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6˸11

Think

Yesterday we mentioned that a blended family can be like a delicious and nutritious perfectly blended smoothie.  It starts with finding the “right ingredients”. But before you begin placing the ingredients into the blender, there is a preparation process that must happen.

Cutting away criticism, peeling back the pride and gutting guilt takes time, but they are all crucial in order for the family to function.  The most important thing to remember is the preparation process that only the Spirit of God can do your life. This is why time and wise, Christian counsel are key to successfully preparing for a blended family.   Even though the preparation process may be a lengthy and sometimes arduous one, it will be rewarded in a beautifully blended family!

Pray

Ask God to cleanse the areas of your life that could harm your relationship and prevent your family from winning in the Octagon.

Act

From the list made yesterday, let your family know what you’re thankful for and let them add to the list if they want.

Wednesday

April 17, 2013

Wed, Apr 17

Read

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12˸18

Think

When we hear the word “peace,” our minds instinctively race of a concept of relationship between nations or armies. It’s something we hope to experience on a grand scale. But peace is not just a worldwide pursuit; it often starts as small as one person to another.

When God says “live at peace” he says also, “as far as it depends on you”. That means that each of us has a responsibility to extend forgiveness to one another.

If you are a Christ follower, you can have a profound effect on your personal relationships. And it all comes down to your ability to forgive. Because when you extend forgiveness to people in your life, you are extending a hand of peace. Have you extended that peace to those around you?

Pray

Pray for the ability to be a peacemaker to those in your life who have hurt you.

Act

When someone hurts you, what is your initial reaction? Write down three ways in which you treat people who hurt you. Then, above the list, write today’s verse as a reminder of how God wants you to treat them.

Monday

February 4, 2013

Mon, Feb 04

Read

…a time to weep and a time laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance… Ecclesiastes 3˸4

Think

We can’t determine how much time we are given in life, but we can determine what we do within that given time.  In Ecclesiastes, the Scripture says that there is a time to weep, laugh, mourn and dance.  For many, times of weeping and times of mourning occur without thought. We intuitively mourn in times of tragedy or loss.
However, laughter is different.  We frequently overlook the small joys in life and the humor hidden throughout our daily routines.   Too often, we take ourselves too seriously. Many of us need to laugh more. Remember each day you wake up, you are given an opportunity to experience life and to experience laughter.

Pray

Pray that God allow you to experience the joy of laughter in your everyday life, as well as grant you the ability to not take yourself too seriously.

Act

Just as laughter is an important part of our lives, it is equally important in the lives of others. Today, be intentional in creating moments of joy and laughter in the lives of others.

Thursday

January 24, 2013

Thu, Jan 24

Read

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”  Jeremiah 31˸3

Think

Think about the choices that you have made in your life. Why did you make some of those? Sometimes, we make decisions because we want to be the boss. We make others because of a desire for “more”. We might even admit that there is this unexplainable “pull” inside that needs to be appeased.    Whatever our reasons, many of the choices we make are an attempt to compensate for something we don’t have.  We are all trying to fill a God-shaped hole in our lives.

But the reality is, nothing we try will fill that hole except God Himself. It’s important that we stop using counterfeit experiences to compensate for an authentic relationship with God.  God’s ultimate message to us is, “I love you and you don’t have to perform for me.”  Have you recognized that reality? Have you experienced His authenticity?

Pray

Ask God to help you see where you are trying to compensate for a lack of Him.  Ask Him to fill that space for you.

Act

Take a quick assessment of your choices and what you do to “earn” love.  Are those things truly fulfilling? Or are they distracting you from that authentic relationship that only God can fulfill?

Tuesday

December 18, 2012

Tue, Dec 18

Read

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”  Matthew 28˸19

Think

Imagine what the disciples thought when Jesus gave them this instruction.  They knew what to expect.  They had followed Jesus enough to know that He didn’t give them this instruction to make them comfortable.  They knew they were going to experience some uncomfortable times ahead.  But they knew how important the message of Jesus was.

As Christians, we are not called to be comfortable, but uncomfortable in sharing the Good News and hope found in Jesus Christ.  Sure, not everyone will be open to hear it and that may make us uncomfortable.  But that is the risk we are asked to take.  The next person you point to Jesus may just be waiting for the introduction.  It’s an introduction Jesus has instructed us to make.   Let’s be comfortably uncomfortable enough to take the risk.

Pray

Pray this high risk prayer – “God, help me point someone to Jesus this week.”.  Ask Him to also open your heart and eyes so you don’t miss the opportunities He puts in front of you.

Act

Set a goal of how many InstaChristmas invitations you can give out this week.  Now, start inviting!

Friday

October 5, 2012

Fri, Oct 05

Read

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10˸24-25

Think

We all have relationships in life. But have you ever considered the kinds of relationships you have? There are basically three categories: those that are draining, those that are neutral, and those that replenish and reenergize you.

As you go through life, you will experience all three. And that’s good. You need to rub shoulders with all kinds of people. But to get the most out of every day and to maximize the plan God has for your life, make sure you spend the bulk of your time and effort with people that will refuel you and recharge your relational battery.

Pray

Thank God for creating you for community. Then, boldly ask Him to bring into your life the people who will refuel and reenergize you to discover His plan.

Act

This weekend, don’t just show up to church. Fill out a Guest Card or ask someone about getting plugged in…and discover the kind of people who will energize and encourage you to become all that God has in store!

Tuesday

August 14, 2012

Tue, Aug 14

Read

“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10˸25

Think

Jesus dealt with sharks every day, and He knew what it took to negotiate the giant packs of predators that circled him. Now, He passes that knowledge on to us through His own pre-dive safety talk, because the reality is that we all swim with sharks.

When we realize that life isn’t a solo sport and surround ourselves with other believers, we find ourselves empowered and able to survive those inevitable shark attacks. It’s all about getting in the right environment for a pre-dive safety talk – the local church.

Are you regularly getting that talk? Or are you trying to negotiate the waters of life alone, leaving yourself vulnerable to the attacks from the sharks of the world?

Pray

Thank God for providing an environment in your life where you can surround yourself with others who can help you succeed.
 

 

Act

Log on to FellowshipChurch.com  to find the nearest Fellowship location to you, and make plans to be at an experience this weekend. If you already attend, invite someone to attend Church with you!

Tuesday

August 7, 2012

Tue, Aug 07

Read

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4˸9-10

Think

Hospitality is becoming a lost art, but it can play a crucial part in the way God uses you in the lives of others.

You don’t need to have a lot to be hospitable. Whatever gift God has given you – He can use. If you have a big house or small house. If you are a gourmet chef or a take-out pro. God can use your willingness to be hospitable to build relationships with others that are ready for their lives to be changed.

Pray

Ask God to show you what you have available to use in showing hospitality to others.

Act

Don’t put it off – prepare it! Take this moment to make a guest list, think through the details and begin preparing for your next act of hospitality.

Thursday

June 7, 2012

Thu, Jun 07

Read

“Show proper respect to everyone…” 1 Peter 2˸17

Think

We will never agree with everyone we meet. However, having an opposing viewpoint is never a reason for hateful actions or attitudes. Jesus Christ was the most polarizing personality ever. Yet, even in the most difficult situations, He found ways to maintain a level of respect.
When you find yourself in a situation where you have to say, “This is what God’s word says, and I’m not backing down,” use that opportunity to show respect to everyone. Use it as a chance to build bridges of connection while at the same time drawing lines of truth.

Pray

Ask God for opportunities to build bridges to those who have different viewpoints than you. When He does, ask Him for the strength to draw lines and stand respectfully for the truth.

Act

Read Acts 4˸1-22 as an example of standing up for the truth, yet doing it respectfully.

Thursday

May 31, 2012

Thu, May 31

Read

“These stones are a permanent memorial for the People of Israel." Joshua 4˸7

Think

APPRECIATION
When something significant happens in our lives, we have a desire to remember it. It’s the reason we take vacation photos or write letters to loved ones. We want to have something tangible that ties us to our past. Why? Because we want to appreciate what has happened.

COMMUNICATION
That desire to appreciate our past is given to us by God. He wants us to be thankful and thoughtful about what has happened in our lives, because it helps us in sharing our story. What do you have today that reminds you of the past and helps you communicate to others in the future?

Pray

Take this time to thank God for one thing that He has done in your life. Let Him know that you appreciate the fact that He has blessed you.

Act

To fully understand the memorial mentioned in today’s Scripture and the significance it had for future generations, read Joshua 3-4.