Be Kind

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Tender hearted. Ephesians 4:25-5:2.       Acrylic on paper. Mark A Hewitt, 2015.

Ephesians 4:25-5:2 (NRSV)

So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbours, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil. Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labour and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Rev’d Mark Hewitt.
The Corner Uniting Church.
Warradale, South Australia.

Do’s & don’ts are often listed
to help create a good culture.
Whether that be family or society.
The letter to the Ephesians
was written by Paul
or more likely by someone very close to Paul.
With a list of do’s & don’ts
For the church.
A balance is needed.
If it is all don’ts – it is a very negative place
If it is all do’s – boundaries are not clear.
To be kind to one another, tender-hearted,
forgiving one another.
Put simply –
Be kind is to be Christ.

Grant me the grace, O God,
to know what I should know,
to love what I should love,
to praise what pleases you, and
to cherish everything
that is precious to you.
Keep me from judging simply
by what my eyes see, or my ears hear;
help me to know the difference
between appearance and spiritual reality.
Above all, may I have the grace
always to seek your joy.

Thomas à Kempis

Prayerful colouring. Be kind, tender hearted & forgive one another. Ephesians 4:25-5:2. Pen & paper. Mark A Hewitt.
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