If we wait until the people around us rise to a higher standard before we speak words of kindness, we may never speak.
When has God's kindness motivated you to be kind to someone else?
[I] will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them (John 17:26). Every night as her mother tucked her in bed she told Mary Beth, "Always remember: Mommy loves you. Daddy loves you. And Jesus loves you most of all."
In what areas of your life might you be lying to yourself?
"[Keep] a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander (1 Pet. 3:16)". Even in our failings, we can reflect an authenticity that leads others to a perfect God.
If generosity became a way of life for the church you attend, what might it look like?