Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, August 25th, 2017
Name Tags: You Are... (Part 57)
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV)
Love is patient, love is kind.
1 Corinthians 13:4 (NASB)
Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord.
Hosea 10:12 (NASB)
What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8 (NASB)
To be kind is to be considerate. I believe kindness has no middle ground. We either consider others' feelings in hard circumstances--or we do not. If life is a test, take this kindness test:

1. A new guy or girl comes to school or work and appears uncomfortably awkward. Do you turn your back like everyone else--or make the first move to be welcoming?

2. A frazzled lady in a check-out line is trying to control two frisky kids. Do you ignore her since you're in a rush--or invite her to step ahead of you?

3. A lonely widow living on your block gets sick and and ends up in the hospital. Do you plan to see her, but soon forget--or make the time even though you're busy?

4. A forgetful server brings your food late and the order is completely messed up. Do you get mad and complain publicly--or do you smile and speak to her nicely?

5. A clearly troubled, hurt or sad stranger shows up in your path, train or waiting room. Do you pretend you don't see and pass by--or will you be the Good Samaritan?

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Kindness is in short supply today. When you act unexpectedly kind, expect surprisingly grateful stares. In this era of selfish frenzy, your kindness stands out like a lighthouse. It's a cross-cultural calling card, and it's appreciated everywhere.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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