Proverbs 12 4-12-18

Acts of kindness are most Christ-like when they come from a heart made pure by the Spirit.

Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man cares [even] for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

A person’s character is revealed through his actions. The LORD wants to make us kind (it’s on the list: “Love is patient, love is kind…” 1 Cor. 13:4). We are talking about more than just individual deeds; it’s an attitude and mode of operation (modus operandi) by which we filter all of our thoughts and actions. Righteous people (Christ-like people) are kind all the time–even to their animals! They think of others and look for ways to help them and to make them feel special.

Wickedness takes a cruel turn when people have a disregard for the thoughts and feelings of others. They are kind only when:

  1. The fancy strikes them,
  2. They want something from the person.

What’s weird is that they get offended when the person doesn’t gush over their random and sparse act of kindness! They don’t seem to realize that their regular actions speak much louder than their occasional act of kindness.

Let’s determine in our hearts today to be kind. Let’s ask the Spirit to show us how, to transform our minds and reshape our character. Watch Out! This is life-changing stuff!!!

Colossians 3:12-14 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. [13] Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. [14] And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Quote of the Day:

“Your life is the sum of the responses you have made toward God. Once God makes Himself known to you, what you do next is your decision. Your reaction reflects what you believe about Him.”

Henry Blackaby

Experiencing God Day-By-Day, page 102

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