It’s time to forgive yourself for that unkind moment.
We all have days we wish we could redo. A harsh word spoken in anger. Being too busy to help someone who needs us. A careless opinion posted on social media.
Kindness comes in the opposite spirit and reveals the heart of Jesus.
He knows what each of us is like apart from his transforming grace:
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.
It’s time to forgive yourself for that unkind moment. And it’s time to extend the same mercy to others. The gentle kindness of God is yours for the asking today—not because you’ve earned it, but because of his unfailing mercy.
Who is least expecting kindness from you today? That’s probably who needs it most.
Dear Lord, thank you for being gentle and kind towards me, especially when I don’t deserve it. Teach me to be more like you and to look for opportunities to extend kindness to others this week. May I be quick to forgive and show mercy towards friends, co-workers and family members. And may my words and actions point people to you. I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.