During this Thanksgiving season, a healthy habit among many of us is to count our many blessings. I am certainly thankful for family, friends, and health, as well as the divine “yes’s”, “no’s”, and “wait’s” that have been sprinkled throughout my life. These are all God’s way of showing me His kindness. But, I have to say, God’s kindness to me starts initially with just… God and me. My heart defines His kindness as the intangible presence of His all consuming love that is better than life itself. He gives this kindness to each of us; so let us praise Him togehter:
God, You are Kind. My heart asks, “Why have You chosen to be kind to ungrateful and evil men?”…There is no one who does good, not even one… For we… (are) foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when Your kindness, O God our Savior, and Your love for mankind appeared, You saved us. Thank you Lord, for this undeserving gift of mercy; thank You for Your lovingkindness that cost You your Son; thank You for this sacrificial act of grace displayed upon the cross. Again, I thank You with my whole heart! For it was in my desperate state that You allured me…and You spoke kindly to me, and You captured me with Your matchless love. I am forever changed. Please Lord, I now ask You to make me a vessel of Your kindness; I want to reach others who are also in need of a Savior. Daily fill my heart so that I too can exhibit the fruit of Your Spirit, kindness. Yes, make my hands and feet, become Your hands and feet, and cause me to run to the weary, the broken, the lonely, and the lost. When I touch others, may they understand it’s really You; yes, I ask that Your kindness would reach out through me and save them too. Again and again, thank You Father, thank You Son, thank You Holy Spirit for Your invading and invloving work, all because of Your lovingkindness towards Your people. I can’t help but say it one more time…thank You.
Luke 6:35; Psalm 14:3; Titus 3:3-5; Hosea 2:14; Galatians 5:22