Friday, March 29, 2019

Lent - Day 21 - Goodness and Loving Kindness

Dear Christian educators,

Loving Kindness is a gift that comes in so many ways. I found a very cool blog post, "18 Heart-Warming Acts of Kindness That Will Make You Cry." When humans feel another human's pain or need and act on it, that's loving kindness. Jesus did more acts of loving kindness than we can even imagine. We know of miracles and healings, but did you notice that it was always for the marginalized or outcasts? It was never for the self-sufficient, self-righteous or wealthy. What an awesome example He has set for us.

Each day during this season of Lent, I will post one verse and pray it with you. Consider saying the verse in your quiet time and praying it also. You may use the same prayer or try your own. Each day until Easter (except Sundays) there will be a new post that contains: a verse, a small reflection, a prayer using the Scripture and an image. Feel free to share the images because I made them with the Bible Lens app and took all the pictures. What a creative God we serve!

Day 21

Titus 3:4-8 English Standard Version (ESV)

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.

What does goodness and loving kindness look like at school? We often call this random acts of kindness. Students generally love to participate in these types of activities. Why not start a tradition of goodness and loving kindness? Ask students to do a random act of kindness and then tell their stories. Collect and tell the story to a wider audience, perhaps posting the stories to a class blog. As more and more students do acts of kindness, it becomes contagious. Lead by example. Do some random acts of kindness or pay-it-forward activities and tell about them. Telling stories encourages others to participate. It's not about bragging about your deeds, but setting examples that others may try. Everyone wins, everyone is blessed and everyone can do this.

Dear Lord,

Your Name is Goodness and Loving Kindness! You are our Savior and you save us not because of our works but because of Your mercy. Thank You for the regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit Whom You poured out on us so lavishly through Jesus. Now that You have justified us by grace, we are heirs! Hallelujah! Lord, we believe. Help us to devote ourselves to good works because they are excellent and profitable for others. Help us to on the lookout for those in need and to do something good with loving kindness for them. Thank You Lord for Your amazing examples of loving kindness. We glorify You in the good good name of Jesus. Amen.

Prayerfully yours,

Karen C. Seddon
CEAI - Christian Educators Assoc. Int.
State Director for Florida
407.892.5651 unqualified recipient of His unconditional love

2 Timothy 3:16 -17- All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

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