I read this today out of my Daily devotions book, By Joel Osteen.
If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not away.
AIM FOR KINDNESS - I feel like this relates to today and our world that we are living in. I know we all have experienced bad days, sad days, and life roadblocks. We don't know what other people are going through. Maybe they just lost a loved one, or lost their job or house, whatever the case is, we can make someones day better by showing a little kindness. There was a time when my parents were splitting up and my brother somehow was in control of my mom and told her not to talk to me anymore. I had the police get involved and it was a stressful couple of months. So I liked going to work. Yay work! Looking forward to getting my mind off things..
Someone at work was obviously having a bad day and had no consideration for kindness so HE took it out on me. What happened? You got it.... I cried! I was so sad that I couldn't get mad I just cried. He had no idea what I was going through. See how that works? He was having a bad day and so was I but I got the icing on the cake. I was already hurting inside.
If only he knew.
Life is hard already. But we can change ourselves a little to show kindness towards others. We're all guilty of it but it's important to remind ourselves that kindness goes a long way. I personally feel RESPECT goes with KINDNESS. When we are kind we are respecting the other person. You will make them feel better. Making the world a kinder place.
James 1:19-20: Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God
Wrath = Extreme anger (anger, rage, fury, outrage, spleen, vexation, displeasure, annoyance, irritation - Google Definition
What a great verse. God seems to find the perfect verse for me to read as I'm searching for answers. The clues are the there and this is how he is giving me guidance. I was reading my Dad's index cards with Bible verse on them and this verse was the one that I grabbed. My parents went to Bible study together when they were younger and were learning different verses relating to relationships and marriages.
This verse hits home for me as I can relate and also can related to some people I have close ties with who get angry fairly easily. We don't have to be angry. I've read this verse the other day and now my perceptions about anger have changed. I hope those who reach this verse will be saved from their emotional tension just a bit, because that's what it did for me. In some cases though I feel anger is necessary. This of course all depends on my situation and scenario ... interesting thought.
The Bible has so many verse and we can pretty much find anything in the Bible for whatever we are going through giving us clarity on our choices and our journey through life. I started looking for help. The Bible says God finds those who are in need of help. I was in need. I needed support, I needed direction, and I needed my Faith back. When I felt as though everything was falling apart God was there for me. He's the best and my spirit is lifted so much higher because of him.
I've been reconnecting with my Faith and as I start this new journey I want to share some verses along the way, that really hit home and relate to life itself. So excited. Enjoy.