Among the pitfalls in our way,
The best of us walk blindly;
So, man, be wary, watch and pray,
And judge your brother kindly.
–Alice Cary, American poet (1820–71)
Journaling reads: I am thankful that, in Christ, our family members love one another and get along very well! There are and will always be differences of opinions; it’s in our nature. But we can always agree to disagree in a loving and kind way. We are a family of jokesters and teasers and we love being together when possible. Our gatherings are too few and far between as far as I am concerned! But life has a tendency to get in the way. But we enjoy the times together and I don’t remember a time that anyone has left a gathering feeling rejected and unloved. And, thank the Lord that is the way it should be. Thank You, Lord, for the love You have given our family for one another!
I read a good little writing on kindness that I want to share. Credits are HERE
“Kindness is something our world is desperate for. With growing fears and anxieties, everyone could just a kind word or gesture. As Christians, God calls us to be the light in the world - to love and be kind to all, even our enemies! This collection of Bible verses about kindness will allow God to speak to your heart about the importance of kindness, which in the end leads to good in the world.
Sometimes the difficulty we face in being kind stems from a need to forgive someone else. You can read these bible verses about forgiveness
to remind you of the power of forgiveness not only for the other person but for yourself! The Scripture tells us in Ephesians 4:32 - “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
A Prayer for Kindness, Compassion, and Forgiveness
Father, kindness, compassion, and forgiveness describe Your character. How can I be more like You, Father? How can I be an outlet of Your kindness, compassion, and forgiveness to the people You have purposefully placed in my life? Show me, Father. Open my heart to remember the words of my Savior and feel the all-encompassing love of You, my heavenly Father. I am loved, chosen, purposed, and forgiven. Therefore, embolden me to pray, live, and love in a reflection of these great truths about who and Whose I am. Guide my prayers and my life. Let all I do, honor You. In Jesus Name, Amen.”
Any time you gather with your family, friends and loved ones, remember to begin with kindness followed by forgiveness! Remember, “you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar!”