In today’s climate of turmoil and uncertainty, threatening and incapacitating feelings run rampant. Yet the God who created your emotions has also given you everything you need to navigate them. The Bible paints relatable and resonant portraits of women and men struggling with grief, anger, guilt, and despair—and provides divine wisdom for transforming your emotional trials into spiritual triumphs.
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Scriptures: Proverbs 3:3, 19:22, Ephesians 4:32, Luke 6:35, Galatians 5:22-23, Proverbs 3:3-4, 1 Corinthians 13:4, Matthew 8:3
A sure way to be a friend and influence, to tear down walls and build bridges, to be the sweetener in your marriage and to grow stature with your parents is to be kind. Kindness is becoming an increasingly rare commodity in our culture. According to a recent magazine poll, 89% of North Americans think rudeness, incivility and lack of kindness has become a serious problem. Yet you'll be hard-pressed to find someone today who doesn't need, or won't accept, a kind word or a kind need. Kindness can kill animosity, bitterness, anger and hard feelings. In this message, Dr. Merritt unpacks the fruit of kindness, and how this Christ-like characteristic can transform not only our own lives, but the lives of those around us.
"How many times have all of us been guilty of having the opportunity to respond to someone with kindness, who was unkind to us, but rather than doing so, said something we soon regretted? Kindness is not only how you act, it is also how you react. I talked about loving our enemies. It is one thing to be kind to a friend. It is another thing to be kind to an enemy. It is one thing to be kind to those who like us. It is another thing to be kind to those who don’t." --Dr. Merritt
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Pastors Edge provides Bible preachers and teachers with ready-to-use resources and materials based on the preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA and host of the international broadcast ministry Touching Lives.