Knowledge without love (compassion, patience, kindness, integrity…) doesn’t usually go far in influencing others. Love matters! Above all, people need to know we care about them- defenses are lowered, walls come down, doors open, frowns turn to smiles and real communication begins.
Typically, we think that talking is the best way to influence others. We work hard to prove our points and push our agendas. But often it’s our ability to listen and sincerely care about what others are saying that has the greatest influence. Only then, by God’s grace we may have a platform to speak.
May God bless our relationships, and when times are tough, we can meditate on these beautiful words…
” If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails!”
-1 Corinthians 13
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Imagine! The King of the world bends down to wash the filthy feet of a servant. Scandalous! Fabulous! Incredulous! And this is love . . .
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“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
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“Kindness is like snow—it beautifies everything it covers.” —Kahlil Gibran
It turns frowns to smiles, uplifts the weary soul, and spreads rays of healing light everywhere it goes. Like snow, it also purifies, by covering the pain of our past with a glistening white blanket of love!
In a world so desperate for peace, acts of kindness have the power and potential to bridge every divide and heal every heart. It truly beautifies the world. Mark Twain wrote, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” God’s Word also tells us that practical acts of love are more than words . . . Continue reading “Kindness is Like Snow”
Peace in politics, is it really possible?
Imagine a world where every driver held to their own rules for the road. Or where each road had a different set of rules for drivers. There would be chaos, heartbreak, and lots of accidents. In my opinion, this is why our country is in chaos politically. Even our Constitution and Bill of Rights cannot prevent this, because even if we dissected every word, trying to come to some sort of universal definition and agreement about each word, we would still have our different views (rules for our road). For example: we can’t even agree on the definition of “life” as shown by our thoughts on abortion. The Constitution and Bill of Rights themselves allow for diversity in thought. Continue reading “PEACE IN POLITICS, IS IT POSSIBLE?”