When Kindness Goes the Extra Mile

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“Bless the Lord, O my soul…who crowns me with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfies your mouth with good things.”  — Psalm 103:1, 4, 5

 

 

A teacher asked her pupils to tell the meaning of lovingkindness. A little boy jumped in and said, “Well, if I was hungry and someone gave me a piece of bread that would be kindness. But if they put a little jelly on it, that would be lovingkindness.”

 

 

          Kindness provides a house, but love makes a home.

 

          Kindness packs an adequate sack lunch, but love puts a note of encouragement inside.

 

          Kindness provides a television or computer as a learning aid, but love controls the remote control and cares enough to insist a child “sign off.”

 

          Kindness sends a child to bed on time, but love tucks the covers around the child’s neck and provides a hug and goodnight kiss.

 

Loving kindness is the Old Testament word for grace. It is God pouring out on our lives all of the little and big undeserved “extras” that we encounter from Him.

 

 

The psalmist wrote so appropriately that he “crowns us with lovingkindness.” God’s loving attention toward us makes us feel like a king! No wonder I felt so empty without Him. Only in relationship with the Father do I experience complete fulfillment and satisfaction!

 

 

Because of His kindness I am forgiven. Because of His love I am family. Because of His lovingkindness I have a future.Hallelujah!

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