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Kindness Can Change Lives

Kindness

So I updated my blog! What do you guys think of it? Do you like it? Do you love it? Please share your thoughts. I love hearing from ya’ll!

Kindness: something people who don’t believe in Christianity but have good morals try to exhibit and something Christians do (or, at least know they should) exhibit.

We’re told by our parents over and over to “Be kind to _____.” or just “Be kind.” and maybe you find yourself using the same words to your siblings (if you have any). I know I do. But saying something is a whole lot easier than actually following through with something especially concerning kindness.

Because kindness is something that can shown every moment of every day. Every thought, every word, and every action can show kindness or something quite distasteful. Unlike many other fruits of the spirit which you have the chance to exhibit only at certain times. Like having self-control only when there is something to get angry about. Or having patience only when there is something to be impatient about.

Kindness is something that can be shown all the time. There is always the availability to be kind. And that makes it oh so much harder.

I have so much trouble with this. I get in terrible moods and snap at people. I whine and complain. I get grumpy and grouchy and then don’t feel like doing anything helpful. Or better yet, I do something helpful but I do it with such a bad attitude that I’m not helpful at all.

And it happens all the time.

I also find that, for me, it is much easier to be kind to friends, than to my siblings.

Proverbs 3:3

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.

But being kind is so so important. In many ways, kindness is the first step to being loving and caring. Being kind can help us have better self-control, better patience.

More importantly, it is one of the most defining reasons why Christians are different from other people.

People who aren’t Christians can be kind. They can be loving. But they wouldn’t go to the extremes that Christians do. To them, what would really be the point of loving your enemies or being kind to those who hurt you? It’s just extra trouble. But we go through that trouble. And that is incomprehensible thing to many people. Why would we risk our lives for such a pointless cause?

But to us, it’s not pointless. We’re following the example set by Christ over two thousand years ago. We face persecution, even death, out of the love we have for Christ who set us free from sin. And it’s this strange concept that people who don’t know Christ don’t understand. It’s this concept that brings many people to Christ.

So we shouldn’t just be kind because we’re told to by are parents or because it’s right and good. Though those are good reasons, that’s not the main reason we should do it for.

We should be kind out of the love Christ gave to us.

And for many people your kindness may be their only example they ever get of Christ’s love. It may be the key to bringing people to Christ. As it’s said: one act of kindness may save a life, for eternity.

-G. Paige

To Christian Teens: Why We Need To Obey Our Parents

aheartredeemedimageWe, as teens with parents, have been told time and time again to obey our parents. But do we really know why? Why should we obey our parents? This is what I want to go into a bit today.

Colossians 3:20

Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord.

Since we were created to glorify God, we should want to please Him, the creator of the universe. If we live in Jesus, he gives us the ability to please and obey Him. If pleasing Him includes obeying our parents then I think we should do just that. That’s good enough of a reason, right? We should want to obey God with every fiber of our being. So why don’t we?

1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:34‬

Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t know God at all.

I believe it is the consequence of living in a fallen world. Sin is such a big temptation for us. It’s part of our nature to sin. So we disobey our parents either with disrespect, back talk, lies, and the list goes on. There are many reasons why: maybe we want control and we’re tired parents telling us what to do (we are teenagers, we can make our own decisions, right) or maybe we just are in a really bad mood and don’t want to listen to anyone (I do that quite a bit) or maybe we want to disobey, just to cross the line. Either way, we are teenagers so that means we should be able to see that obeying our parents is the right thing to do.

Ephesians‬ ‭6:1-3‬

Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”

It’s still very hard though, isn’t it? But if we lean and trust in Jesus Christ. We can do anything.

Luke 18:27

He replied, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.”

When it feels impossible, just remember that: God is with you all the way, so what can be impossible? Anyways, your parents are probably trying to follow God too and do right by you. They are trying to teach you to do what is right so you won’t make any mistakes that you later regret. They have so much more experience than you. They have your best interests at heart. But most importantly, they love you. God gave you to them. So whatever punishment you think is unfair or whatever thing they told you to do that you don’t think you should, know that it is for your own benefit. And most likely, in later years (or now) you’ll be so grateful to have had such amazing God-loving parents. What could we have done without them? They’re a small reflection of what our Father in Heaven is like.

Proverbs 13:24

Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.

Our parents are just doing what they’re called to do. We don’t have to love it, but we can respect and honor their decisions. We’ll really appreciate it later.

So I’m just going to shout out to my parents. Thanks Mom and Dad for being such spectacular parents to me! I love you guys and I want you to know that it really really really means a lot how much that you’ve done and your doing for me.

-G. Paige
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