Kindness and Peace

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I would imagine if you were to ask almost anyone what they think the world needs more of, both kindness and peace would be up there in the top answers.

Revelation 1:4-8

From John to the seven churches in Asia.

I pray that you
will be blessed
with kindness and peace
from God, who is and was
and is coming.
May you receive
kindness and peace
from the seven spirits
before the throne of God.
May kindness and peace
be yours
from Jesus Christ,
the faithful witness.

Jesus was the first
to conquer death,
and he is the ruler
of all earthly kings.
Christ loves us,
and by his blood
he set us free
from our sins.
He lets us rule as kings
and serve God his Father
as priests.
To him be glory and power
forever and ever! Amen.
Look! He is coming
with the clouds.
Everyone will see him,
even the ones who stuck
a sword through him.
All people on earth
will weep because of him.
Yes, it will happen! Amen.

The Lord God says, “I am Alpha and Omega, the one who is and was and is coming. I am God All-Powerful!”

We all need people to be kind to us.  And boy does the world need peace.

Both peace and kindness find their origin in God, and all that Jesus has done for us – but they need to find their way to be a focus of our lives too.

Perhaps peace can begin with kindness.

Giving kindness can bring peace to ourselves as well as the one to whom it is offered.

Finding peace, brings us to offer peace.

Jesus offers us peace by his death on the cross conquering all those things that might rob us of peace – greed, injustice, inequality, our worries, pain, anger, shame.  He has defeated them – and offers that we might share in that.

Do we want peace?  Will we receive from Jesus all he offers us?  And will we spread his peace and kindness in the places where we are?

Lord,
I pray that there may be peace and kindness,
that we may see them in you
and know them in our lives,
that then we can pass them on to others.

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