Posts Tagged ‘grace’

A Kindhearted Lady

Nov 13

by Victoria Robinson

Do you have the reputation of being a kindhearted lady? Proverbs shows us that a kindhearted lady gains respect. Have you considered what some of the characteristics of a kindhearted lady are? The Hebrew word for kindhearted is chen which means: grace, gracious, pleasant, precious, wellflavoured, charm, elegance, acceptance. Girlfriends, aren’t these wonderful words you would like others to use when they speak of you?  

To show kindness to others oftentimes requires us to overlook offenses and annoyances. This is exactly what our heavenly Father has done for us. Therefore let us show this same graciousness to those God has placed in our life realizing that we all have faults and need His kindness. We need to live a life of forgiveness just as our heavenly Father has forgiven us. In the book of Romans God tells us we will be cut off if we do not continue to show kindness.

The psalmist tells us that no one should extend kindness to us if we do not show it to others. This should be a great motivation for us be obedient to the words of our heavenly Father. I certainly do not desire to live a life where others are not kind to me. Do you?

As imitators of our heavenly Father, we are called to be ladies who are kindhearted. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would work towards becoming ladies with a reputation of kindness.

A kindhearted woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth. ~ Proverbs 11:16 NIV
  
Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. ~ Romans 11:22 NIV
 
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. ~ Ephesians 4:32 NIV
 
Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:15 NIV 
 
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. ~ 2 Peter 1:5-9 NIV
 
May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children. … For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted. ~ Psalm 109:12-16 NIV
 
Kindness is rewarded—but if you are cruel, you hurt yourself. ~ Proverbs 11:17 CEV

Don’t Stop!

Nov 11

by Victoria Robinson

I have a precious 4-year-old little girl in my life and I think she is growing up way too fast. I tell her she needs to stop growing and she defiantly tells me she will never stop growing. In reality her theory would turn out pretty interesting don’t you think? In spiritual thinking, we should all think like my little friend. We should never stop growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior.

The term mature is often thought of as the goal in a Christian’s life. The Greek word for mature is teleios which means: brought to its end; finished; wanting nothing necessary to completeness; and perfect. Since we will never be perfect here on earth, maturing is a process until the day we step off into eternity.

If you want to grow in knowledge, you will have to make a concerted effort. First, make certain you are reading God’s Word for yourself everyday. Second, you need to be in a solid church. One of my friends and I jest that we like to feel the “pain” when we attend church. What we mean is that sitting under a pastor’s teaching should not always feel comfortable. Conviction is painful, but we are thankful to have a pastor who does not gloss over the Word of God and just pick the “happy” verses. You also need to be engaged in some Bible studies where you can grow in your knowledge.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would never stop growing in the Lord.

If you stop learning, you will forget what you already know. ~ Proverbs 19:27 CEV
 
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. ~ 2 Peter 3:18 NIV
 
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. ~ 1 Peter 2:2-3 NIV
 
We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. ~ Hebrews 5:11-14 NIV
 
Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all he has done. ~ Colossians 2:7 TLB