Whenever I get on my daughter about something she has done wrong, she always look up at me with those big brown eyes and say, “Mommy! Can you be a little more kind?” Although her desire for kind discipline seemed foreign to me, especially after she has done the opposite of what I asked of her, her loving request caused me to examine myself. It has caused me to want to develop in kindness even when I feel emotionally angry. How is that even possible? While nothing is wrong with correcting wrong behavior, it’s the spirit behind the correction that’s the issue. That’s what my daughter was speaking about. She understood that she disobeyed me. What she didn’t understand was why is mommy’s voice getting louder, and why is smoke blowing out her nose and the color of her face turning red? Ok I exaggerated a bit at the end, but you get my point. She wanted loving discipline as every child does. Well, it takes God to produce that in us–to where no matter how angry you feel, the Spirit of God helps you respond with kindness and love. What’s even more compelling is that this is how God expects us to live. He expects us to display through our actions and responses that He truly does live in our hearts.
“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.” Galatians 5:22 (MSG)
I am so thankful that Your Presence lives within me. Help me to act like it. Help me to respond like it. Even my children can see the difference between what’s of You and what’s not of You. I want them to see a Your loving kindness through me. Although my emotions sometimes get the best of me, I pray You help me to be the kind of mom that is a little more kind even when correcting wrong behavior. You are overwhelmingly kind when dealing with me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
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