When David was told that it was the men from Jabesh Gilead who had buried Saul, 5 he sent messengers to them to say to them,
“The Lord bless you for showing this kindness to Saul your master by burying him. 6 May the Lord now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this. 7 Now then, be strong and brave, for Saul your master is dead, and the people of Judah have anointed me king over them.”
Yesterday I started sharing some thoughts with poetry and I wrote on silence. Silence is where we are most likely to find and hear God.
Kindness is gone, hear the words some say.
Idol hands and shallow minds leads to
Nastiness toward those who don’t think like me.
Doubt is left in cold hardening hearts.
Nearly gone is the ability to let love shine.
Evil or empathy are hearts of brokenness
Stop the evil in your corner of the world
Start love of God and neighbor and watch it reign.
It is sad, we have lost much of our society’s kindness. For so many people today, we have forgone compassion in favor of whatever self-interest might be at the forefront of a person’s thought. Our faith doesn’t seem to make a lot of difference for many. We still breathe so it is not too late to change some things.
What are we to do? It begins with remembering, as people of faith in Jesus, we are called to love God and love neighbor. If we can do that, the rest will take care of itself and we will see kindness make a comeback.
Seeking the Genuine,
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