Loving Kindness

16 Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5:16-26, New Revised Standard Version)

I know I have not written a post on kindness in a few weeks. I like some variety is what I read and write. I doubt I am alone in that. So I spent some time on other topics. I am sure I will go back to other topics soon, perhaps even tomorrow.

While nothing in particular has happened to have me back on the kindness campaign, I am still concerned about how unkind we can be. I pray that this post reminds all of us how God calls us to be kind.

The Bible calls them works of flesh
Actions we knew that did not mesh.
Anger, quarrels, factions, and strife
Things we should know, that just aren’t right.
We each can blame others we see,
Ones who aren’t like you or me.
We’re quick to point with fiery eyes
It’s them, we go and tell ourselves lies.

How have we gone so far wrong?
Dreaming we’re tough yet far from strong
Far from what we are called to be
Gifts unused that we fail to see.

People forget, or perhaps never knew,
We’re in this together, this is nothings new.
We like to say, “God’s way is ours,”
Castoff love leaves back God’s great power.

Divine works drive this old world on,
These fruits could bring us a brand-new dawn,
A world that’s filled with generous care,
With love, and peace, that seem so rare
Gentleness that’s lived, weakness it’s not
Faithfulness shall always be my lot.
Kindness gives joy and self-control
Each brings hope to my hurting soul

We’ve tried to go the wrong way
Beaten and broke before God we lay.
We pray to leave life’s darkness behind
For the Fruit that God, to us will bind

Lord, don’t let us forget what we do know
God binds us in love, together we grow.
We need to live with God’s way our own,
With God’s love, His power we’ve known.

For God’s people to really live,
It will come when we learn to give,
Let us work to be all of one mind,
It starts in working to be kind.
Share faith and joy with all God loves,
Live in peace as if you were a dove,
What God will teach to us each day.
To treat each other right I pray.

We can’t forget Lord what you have shown
The love you give, we’ll give when we have grown.
With Spirit fruit, God’s way is our own,
Love can make God’s kindness known.

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: