Hollison Journey

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” – Don Williams Jr

Fruits of the Spirit: Kindness

on September 21, 2008

I’m a little behind schedule on these, but that’s ok.

For our discussion on kindness, we started out talking about acts of kindness. Scratch that. The first time we talked about kindness, we started talking about forgiveness and that segued into a Q&A session over Catholic theology.

The SECOND time we talked about kindness, we talked about acts of kindness. The girls were quick to discuss things we do. I brought up the point that sometimes we are most unkind with our words. We talked about gossip and our tendency (especially as girls) to tear each other down.

And why is this a problem? Because we are one body. When one person suffers, we all suffer. When one person succeeds, we all succeed. Ironically, most people gossip about someone or tear them down to make themselves feel better, and yet, by tearing someone down – injuring them – we injure ourselves.

Ephesians 4:29 says “let no unwholesome (or evil) talk come out your mouths, but only what is good, toward the edification of faith, so as to bestow grace upon those who listen.”

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Interestingly enough, I ran into this today. The words spoken weren’t evil or unwholesome. Nor were they especially untrue (not that that matters). While I did not join in on this talk, I didn’t exactly stop it. And that is my bad. I should have. I will try to next time.

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