This weekend we will be continuing in our #summersermonseries with that often too undervalued Fruit of the Spirit: kindness.

Lots of times in this world we hear parents say to their children who are squabbling, “be nice.” But nice is a placating gesture. It is about being agreeable. Pleasant. Charming. Disarming. It is a momentary, fleeting method of keeping order without ever finding accord.

Kindness, on the other hand, is something else entirely. Both Biblically and within our own language kindness brings with it a broader sense of compassion, selflessness, and generosity. It cares about the whole person with whom one is interacting. It considers far more than merely the moment one is in. Kindness is everything.

It is central to how we live as Christ’s disciples. With courage and kindness we can truly change the world.

Blessings, Pastor Janie

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