Thought for the week – Loving kindness

Bible reading:

Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

The dictionary defines loving-kindness as ‘tenderness and consideration towards others’; something I think that most of us would like to be known for. However I know that this is not an easy state of being to maintain, especially when life’s stresses and strains are resting heavily on you.

At those times loving-kindness is costly because it asks you to give of yourself to someone else exactly at the time when you’re hurting and in need. It can seem wiser to withhold it and withdraw from people in order to protect yourself – when we do this we are operating from a mind-set that only we provide what we need to keep going and so need to protect ‘our resources’.

As a Christian I try to hold a different mind-set for 2 reasons; 1) because of my relationship with God, who I know will provide for me, and 2) I know that my behaviour is subject to change dependent on my emotional state. Therefore in tough times I try to hold onto the knowledge of God’s provision and then seek to show loving-kindness to those around me anyway. Through this conscious choice of mine (and many others) I believe God works “to love, to heal and to inspire hope, however dire a situation may become” (quote from Rev’d Gordon Parry)

Prayer:

Loving God, you alone fully appreciate the needs of each person in school; as those individual needs reveal themselves to us, help us to speak with your voice and respond with your love, in the name of Jesus, we pray, Amen.

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