Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you Ephesians 4:29-32
There is a little sign under the large message boards which post the symbols of city organizations and non-profits in my city, Troy, Ohio. Troy may be like a lot of little towns in this country. I love my city, as do most people who live in such quiet and caring communities like Troy.
That little sign says simply, “Be Kind”. It is a nice sentiment, and one that can be easily tossed aside as a trite saying. But the writer of Ephesians, Paul, gave this as a command for the little group of Believers in Ephesus. Paul told them to be kind and compassionate to one another. By treating others in that manner, they could show themselves to be different from angry and volatile religious leaders who were out punish those who might deviate from their own rigid stances.
Simple command, “Be Kind”. I suppose I will leave it at that dear reader.
Just be kind to one another.
Prayer: Lord, help us to be kind and compassionate to all whom we encounter, Amen