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May 10 – It Was Kind Of You

“I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Him Who strengthens me. Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.” Philippians 4:12-14

Devotional Thought For The Day

Everyone faces troubles and difficulties at times – some more than others. Knowing the gracious mercy and love of God, His forgiveness and His gift of salvation and eternal life, helps us to learn faith and confidence in God so that we too are able to endure all things, to survive and even thrive “through Him Who strengthens” us. Knowing His eternal good will for us, that He has chosen us for salvation and has brought us to faith in Jesus Christ, provides a base of confidence that cannot be broken. Knowing His promise to work all things together for our good gives us joyful optimism even in the worst of circumstances – for we are continuously waiting expectantly for the good promised to come, and we know it will.

Still, it is important to remember the great power of human kindness when we share in the troubles of others. Most of us can remember times when we were struggling and another person made a tremendous difference, a fellow Christian who stood with us, affirmed us, and gave us assurance that God was still with us to bless us. This is a Christian “kindness” that can have tremendous power even in the lives of those who are strong Christians, strong believers in God.

It is a privilege to be able to provide this kindness toward others, not some meritorious “badge.” We are not always provided with these opportunities, but they do come along from time to time – and the potential for good is tremendous. Often the person in need looks to be down and out, pathetic and miserable, the off-scouring of the world. Yet God sees them quite differently, as His dear child, one whom He wills to be saved, one for whom He died, one whose sins He has washed completely away in the blood of Christ, one for whom He has good plans. He places us in their path, in their life at that moment, to turn the tide with nothing more than the assurance of His goodness and love.

We should not be so “strong” and “capable” in our faith that we refuse and despise this uplifting kindness from others. We are denying them this privilege, those whom God has sent to provide us with succor and encouragement. Though capable of doing “all things through Him who strengthens me,” Paul acknowledged with gratitude those who were kind enough to share in his trouble. He was willing to receive the goodness of God through others, and allow them this blessedness of exercising love toward him.  So in our times of need and trouble we too are a blessing to others as they participate in God’s kindness, love, and mercy. So we “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” [Gal. 6:2]

I’m reminded of a little stitch-work wall hanging we had until it finally deteriorated from old age: “A trouble shared is but half the trouble; a joy that is shared is a joy made double.” God grant us this blessed kindness, both to give and to receive.

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, You not only share in all of our trials and troubles, but You also received kindness and love from others during Your life on earth. Help us to receive Your kind and gentle love from those around us, and to provide this same kindness to those in need.  Remind us that what we do unto others, we are doing unto You.  Amen.