Friday, May 24, 2019

The Healing Properties of Kindness

By: Sarah Geringer

Do you know that honey has healing properties? A few years ago, I started putting local raw honey in my morning tea. It helps my body fight off allergens. It has antiseptic qualities that can help wounds heal. Honey also contains trace elements of minerals that are good for our bodies.

Kind words are like that. They help heal wounded relationships. They help fight off negativity. They provide sweetness that nurtures our spirits. Kind words have power! 

Do you know that sharing kindness with others, especially when they don't "deserve" it, can be one of your primary ministry areas? I don't have to tell you that we live in an increasingly harsh and bitter world. Kindness stands out for its moral excellence, and can help others see Jesus in you.

I've seen several posts on Facebook about Fred Rogers' legacy of spreading kindness. His teachings certainly had an impact on me as a child as I watched Mister Roger's Neighborhood episodes every day. I enjoyed his gentle, loving presence that taught respect and acceptance. It's wonderful that his influence is in revival today.

Did you know that he was a Presbyterian minister? That doesn't surprise me at all. Kindness emanated from him, because Jesus' character shone through his words and actions.

Do you want to be remembered as a kind person? I'm sure you do! The Kindness Challenge can help you get started. 

For 30 days last year, I stopped the incessant negative flow of thoughts and words about a certain person. The situation didn't change, and the person refused to accept my words of kindness toward them. But MY heart changed! For the first time, I began sincerely praying for this person's healing. God gave me compassion to see this person's struggles in a new way, which contributed to their unkindness.

I no longer hold onto bitterness, because God showed me the transforming power of kindness. I know He will show you the same as you take on kinder thoughts and display kinder actions, with His help.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings and God's peace to you,

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Reflection questions:

1. Who is the kindest person you know? What is their motivation for showing kindness?

2. What step can you take today to show kindness?

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