When I reflect on kindness, I think of You. You exercise kindness, righteousness and justice. These are the things you delight in (Jeremiah 9:24). In Your abundant love and mercy, You gave us Your Son, Jesus, to personify Your love. Your desire is to show us the incomparable richness of Your grace, expressed in Your kindness to us in Jesus Christ. It is by Your grace we are saved (Ephesians 2:4-8). It comforts me to know that You have such far-reaching, kind-hearted, Fatherly love for us.
Your word says that whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did (1 John 2:6). That is a challenging statement! Please forgive me for the times that I get irritable and impatient, and fail to demonstrate kindness to the people whom I love most. I pray that I would be rooted and established in Your love so that I can grasp how wide, long, high and deep your love for me is! How much I need to be filled with the fullness of Your love, God (Ephesians 3:17-19)! Only with Your power at work in me is it possible for me to offer others the kindness, consideration and grace that You take pleasure in.
Lord, for my child, I pray ________ would be known as a boy/girl who is loving and kind. Please pour out Your wisdom from heaven on ________ so he/she may be pure, peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere (James 3:17). As _______ is hurt or feels wronged by another, I pray he/she would not pay back wrong for wrong, but that ________ would recognize that he/she needs to wait on You instead (Proverbs 20:22). Self-centeredness is often the root of unkindness. Please give ________ the wisdom to ask for Your Spirit to pour love into his/her heart so he/she can pass Your love along to others in the kind things he/she does. Enable ________ to be considerate, doing to others as he/she would want done do himself/herself (Luke 6:31). In speech, I pray the words that come out of ________'s mouth would benefit those who listen. May _________ excel in encouraging others. As he/she sees another feeling down and anxious, I pray he/she would be quick to offer kind words to lift them up (Proverbs 12:25, Ephesians 4:29).
God, You are there at the playground when push comes to shove and You are familiar with the weekly grind of getting the laundry and dishes done. You know that it is often easier to be kind to a neighbour than a family member. My prayer is that we would be a family who practices kindness even when we are late, busy, tired or simply worn out. Please allow our love for You to be obvious in the way our family members interact with each other. I pray that we would be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave us (Ephesians 4:32). If the qualities of goodness, brotherly kindness and love are evident in our family life, we will be effective and productive for You, Lord Jesus (2 Peter 1:3-8). This is our desire. Please send Your Holy Spirit to fill our home and our hearts with kindness. Thank you God, that when we pray according to Your will, You hear us (1 John 5:14). Amen.
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