Gifts from the Heart, Not the Pocket- From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and thanks for stopping by for a little break. Grab your coffee and come on in. We’re going to talk about a great gift, how to receive it and who you can give it to. 🙂

This gift that looks beautiful no matter how you wrap it is the gift of kindness. As a noun, kindness means goodness of heart and signifies not merely goodness as a quality, rather it is goodness in action, as in deeds, but not the kind of goodness that expresses itself in indignation against sin. See this type of kindness is wrapped up in grace, tenderness and compassion. 🙂

As a verb, it means to be kind, and is “said of love.” In other words, kindness is within the gift of love. The final definition for this gift is one that again brings tears to my eyes. These definitions are so precious and prevalent in our lives. Kindness refers to the virtue that pervades and penetrates the whole nature that mellows anything harsh! Wow, I love that clarity!

Now before you can give the gift of kindness, remember, you must possess it. Let me give you an example that may just reveal that you already do possess it! It’s His kindness that kept me and keeps me from getting what I deserve at times, over and over again. It’s His kindness that has protected me from things I didn’t even know I needed protection for – I just had a thought. How many times have we prayed for something we thought we had to have only to receive an answer we didn’t think we wanted and then find out it was better the way it ended up? That’s HIS kindness. And the crazy thing about His kindness is that it has no end and when we truly understand the depth of His kindness it won’t ever be something that we take for granted. 🙂

So who do we give that gift of kindness to? I know, this is Christmas time and being kind comes easier this time of year. Many people are in a giving mood, happy and merry so it’s easier to be kind when we’re “feeling” like it. But what about when Christmas is over and the season has changed? Because kindness mellows anything harsh, shouldn’t we being giving it all year long?

True kindness is without expectation, without a personal agenda; in other words, its motive must be pure. The only way to extend this type of kindness is with Him. When done with Him and for Him, it is powerful and the reward is in the doing. Showing kindness to someone who has wronged and wounded you is an experience too beautiful for words. It is freeing. Showing kindness to His prodigals will bring them back to the Father’s arms sooner. Showing kindness to Godly people when they do ungodly things is a real spiritual muscle builder.

Who in your life needs unmerited favor? Who needs to see His love in action through you? Take a few minutes and think about it and jot down the names of the Faces He brings to your mind.




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