The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution. Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Criticism should make us better when taken in the right spirit even when it was meant to hurt us. There are people who are specialized in criticism, that is all they do. When people find fault and be negative about what we do and do not do in life, do not lose sleep over their negative words. We should not hate those who criticize us. Some criticisms are good in helping us to do self inspection, re-evaluation of of lives, attitudes and actions. We cannot stop people from criticizing us. Fault finders are everywhere. Jesus, John, Paul and Peter were criticized.
33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. 34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! 35 But wisdom is justified of all her children.
Getting nearer to God in troubled times
We are living in perplexing, sinful, wicked and ungodly times. Things are not getting better in this sinful world. This reminds us of the days of Noah, when the sins of ungodly men brought regret and disappointment to God. Only Noah and his family found favor with God. Yes, our times are troubling. We need to draw closer to our God.
5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Roy Graneau is the full-time preacher for the South Edmonton Church of Christ.