In our look at family values, there are two that show up often together. They work with each other. They finish each other's thoughts. You really can't have one without the other. You might say they are joined at the hip--patience and kindness.

In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul lists them first in describing what love looks like. 2 Corinthians 6:6 mentions them as two pieces of evidence in a blameless life. In Galatians 5:22, the are paired up again in the Fruit of the Spirit. Why do they hang out together so much? They are like two halves of the same whole.

Patience allows us to be kind to each other, even in frustrating circumstances. Kindness to others deepens our relationship with them and fosters patience and understanding. See how that works?

In our harried and hurried world, softly-spoken, kind words proclaim that there is something different about us. Small acts of kindness buff away callouses created by the impatience and indifference of our society. Kindness whispers: "You matter."

And our world desperately needs to hear from Christian families that they matter. Kindness from us indicates that they have value and worth. When they believe that, they'll be ready to hear it from our best friend, Jesus.


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