You know what you are going through, even when you don’t tell anyone else or share it with anyone else. So, be kind and let’s assume everyone is going through something and decide as we prepare for this day to be kind to everyone!
God’s Word speaks to us and tells us to be kind:
- Be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32
- I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another. – John 13:34-35
- Be hospitable to one another without complaint. – 1 Peter 4:9
- The servant of the Lord must not participate in quarrels, but must be kind to everyone [even-tempered, preserving peace, and he must be], skilled in teaching, patient and tolerant when wronged. – 2 Timothy 2:24
So, keep an eye out for those who are making eye contact and those who aren’t. Ask God to speak to you in those moments through the Holy Spirit to instruct you in how to respond in a way that is kind and loving, meeting them right where they are at.
Therefore, let’s be the dads who live a life gentle, not weak but meek, choosing to be kind-hearted, sweet-spirited, and self-controlled. Moreover, let’s remember God’s promise from choosing to live this way of being blessed that produces inward peace, spiritual security, and worthy respect. Finally, let’s remember the reward and inheritance of choosing to live life God’s way!
So how can we apply today’s verse of the day and show strength through meekness that will bless our wives and kids? What are applications that will help us be the dads God created, purposed, and plans for us to be for His sake and the sake of our wives, kids, and world?
Applications of Matthew 5:5 towards living our lives God’s Way and demonstrating kindness to all:
- Practice Humility: Humility is the foundation of meekness. Recognize your own limitations, weaknesses, and need for God’s guidance in your life. When you are humble, you can lead your family with a servant’s heart.
- Patience: Be patient with your wife and children, especially in challenging moments. Respond to conflicts with calmness and understanding rather than anger.
- Active Listening: Practice active listening with your family members. Give them your full attention when they need to talk, and listen to their concerns and feelings without judgment.
- Forgiveness: Forgive your family members when they make mistakes or hurt you. Meekness involves letting go of grudges and seeking reconciliation.
- Gentleness: Use a gentle and kind tone when communicating with your family. Avoid harsh words or actions that can cause emotional harm.
- Self-Control: Demonstrate self-control in your reactions to stress and frustration. Show your family that you can handle difficulties with composure and restraint.
- Servant Leadership: Lead your family by example. Serve them in practical ways, showing that you are willing to put their needs before your own.
- Encourage Empathy: Teach your children to be empathetic and compassionate towards others by modeling these qualities in your interactions with them and those around you.
- Teach Gratitude: Foster an attitude of gratitude in your family. Encourage them to appreciate the blessings in their lives, both big and small.
- Promote Peace: Strive to be a peacemaker in your family and community. Seek resolution and harmony rather than contributing to conflict or division.
Be kind and live in obedience to God’s Word by putting it into practice today:
By applying these principles from Matthew 5:5 in your daily life, you can become a better father and husband! Meekness and kindness can transform your family life! Making it a place of love, understanding, and support, which in turn can positively impact the world around you. Let’s decide to live in accordance with God’s plan!