Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye
“Put on as the elect of God, kindness…”
There is a story of an old man who carried a little can of oil with him everywhre he went and if he pass through a door that squeaked, he poured a little oil on the hinges. If a gate was hard to open, he oiled the latch. And thus he passed through life lubricating all hard places and making it easier for those who came after him.
People called him eccentric queer, and cranky; but the old man went steadily on refilling is can of oil when it became empty, and oiled the hard places he found.
there are many lives that creak and grate harshly as they live day by day. Nothing goes right with them. They need lubricating with the oil of gladness, gentleness, or thoughtfulness.
Have you your own can of oil with you?
Be ready with your oil of helpfulness in the early morning to the one nearest you. It may lubricate the whole day for him. The il of good cheer tot he downhearted one–Oh, how much it may mean! The word of courage to the despairing. Speak it.
Our lives touch others by=ut once, perhaps, on the road of life; and then, mayhap, our ways diverge, never to meet again. The oil of kindness has worn the sharp, hard edges off of many a sin-hardened life and left it soft and pliable and ready for the redeeming grace of the Saviour.
A word spoken pleasantly is a large spot of sunshine on a sad heart. Therefore, “Give others the sunshine, tell Jesus the rest.”
“We cannot know the grief
That men may borrow;
We cannot see the souls
Storm-swept by sorrow;
But love can shine upon the way
Let s be kind.
Upon the wheel of ain so many weary lies are broken,
We liven in vain who give no tender token.
Let us be kind.”
from Streams in the Desert, Vol 1
Be kind . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie