Morning Encouragement for 12/26/2022

Good morning,

Doubtless, many of you in the US have seen the commercials from the Foundation For a Better Life which are put out by the Mormon church. While I do not agree with many of the church’s teachings, I do understand the importance of being kind to others. Now showing kindness to someone has nothing to do with accepting or tolerating other people’s actions or allowing them to infiltrate your home and life. The meaning of “kindness” means being friendly, generous, and considerate irrespective of our morals and beliefs. Kindness, like forgiveness, does not repair broken relationships it removes the barrier in our hearts to accepting forgiveness and heals the wounds in our hearts. More importantly, both soften our hearts against bitterness and distrust.  My encouragement for you today is to make inroads through kindness and respect because you might be the only bible people will ever read.

Verses: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, Ephesians 4:29, Micah 6:8, Galatians 5:22, Psalms 141:5, 1 Peter 4:8

Famous Quote: “He’s nice to everybody because he was taught that man is made in G-d’s image. He’s never met G-d in person and the next fella just might be him.” – Red Skelton of Freddie the Freeloader.

Father,

It’s easy for me to be judgmental and withhold kindness to those who have been mean to me or whose lifestyle choices do not agree with mine. If you had told me, “Mike you’d better be kind or I’m going to __ you with the move of my hand”, I might be kind but it would be out of fear. Being kind to others opens doors that might never have been opened had I disregarded the command and allowed my bias’s to speak for me. Please help me today to be your hands, feet, and voice in an ungodly world. I pray for my family that you will watch over each of them and keep them safe. I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand whom they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land with rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).

IHS
MK

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