Family Devotional: Kindness, the story of Joseph
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Step 1: Readbuy valium online without prescription
Genesis 37, 39-45diazepam online
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“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
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Kindness: having a friendly attitude towards others.ativan online without prescription
When Jesus comes into your life, He changes it completely. One of the ways people will know you are different and that He has changed your life is by the way you treat other people. Jesus has asked us to be kind to each other.
Sometimes, people are mean or unfriendly to us. It’s hard to be kind back to them. So hard, in fact, that we can’t do it ourselves. Thankfully, when we ask Jesus to come into our life and forgive us of our sin, He sends His Holy Spirit to live inside us. As the Holy Spirit helps us show kindness to others, we are showing them what God looks like. Kindness is also one of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
But showing kindness to people who have hurt us is not easy! When Joseph’s brothers arrived in Egypt, Joseph had the power to hurt them. He could have made them slaves, just as they had sold Joseph into slavery. But instead, with God’s help, Joseph showed them kindness and forgiveness. He used his power to help his brothers and give them food and a safe place to live.
When someone has hurt your feelings, don’t respond in anger. Instead, ask God to show you how you can be kind to that person. Jesus said we are to love our enemies (Matthew 5:43). It might be as simple as a smile, letting that person go ahead of you in line, or helping them with a math problem when they need it. Your kindness shows them how God loves them.
You can also show kindness by helping a classmate with a subject that comes easy to you, but is difficult for them. You can show kindness by helping your parents around the house without being asked. You can show kindness in so many ways!
Step 3: Pray
Dear God, Help me show kindness to others. It’s not easy to show kindness to people who have hurt me, but I want to follow You and grow to be more like Jesus. Show me what I can do to love people like You love them. Amen.
Step 4: Talk about it!
Kids ask your parents:
Was there ever a time you showed kindness to an enemy? What did you do?
Parents ask your kids:
Is there someone you struggle to be kind to? How can you show kindness to that person today or tomorrow?
- Why did Joseph’s brothers hate him? (His father favored him.)
- What was God’s plan for Joseph’s life? (To take care of the Israelite people in Egypt.)
- Why did Joseph’s family move to Egypt? (Because of the famine, and Joseph provided for them.)
- How did Joseph show kindness to his brothers? (He forgave them and gave them food and a place to live.)
Step 5: Practice it!
Choose one or more of the following activities to help your child/ren put the concepts they just learned into action. Download a free printable with these activities here.
- Draw a picture of a tree with fruit on it and write “kindness” on the fruit. Post the picture on your wall. Whenever you see the picture, ask God to grow kindness in you.
- Show kindness to someone by writing them a note, drawing a picture for them, or taking them cookies. Ask your child to think of something else kind they could do.
- Memorize Ephesians 4:32 together as a family.
- Make “kindness” award tickets and hand them out to each other when you see someone being kind.