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September 3, 2020

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32

This morning’s New Testament verse from the Daily Texts is one that gets my toes a-tappin’. I’ve had this verse memorized since childhood because its words, in slightly different translation, form the entirety of a camp song I’ve been singing since forever. Well, not the entirety of the song. There’s also the Doo doo doodley doo Ephesians 4:32 tagged on at the end.

It’s a good verse for kids to sing at camp, which is often a new experience filled with new people. Kindness is not the default human response to challenging situations. Of course, kids get back to kindness more quickly than adults do. We are wise to the ways of the world; we know the score. Kindness is not the best way to get ahead.

Well, maybe we should rethink where we’re trying to go. Paul reminds us in this verse that the fullest expression of God’s love is tender-hearted kindness. Kindness that gives itself away in the death of the Son. Kindness that forgives all manner of sins. Kindness that does not return evil for evil, but seeks always the good.

2020 has been hard on all of us. Be kind to one another, for Jesus’ sake.

Doo doo doodley doo.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

Tender-hearted God, we praise you for the gift of Jesus. He has conquered our mean-spiritedness with kindness, bringing new life out of death. Teach us to be kind. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Undated file photo of Camp Counselor Dave, Pine Lake Camp, in front of Ming Cabin.

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  1. John Lattyak permalink

    Thank you for your perseverance in writing these daily blogs. I look forward to them everyday. Blessings.

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