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Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. the one who sows to please his sinful nature from that nature will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:7-9

 

have shared a longer portion of scripture than normal because I’ve been reading Galatians 6:1-10 about the same time as surfing through some of the local blogs, and as I have been moving through town just being part of the community, I again find myself privileged to live in Kodiak, where I am able to see, hear and participate in the random acts of kindness. Your response to another’s fall.

Just hearing about one person’s kindness is a great encouragement, but I have heard more than just one. There is so much of the negative things that to hear about these random acts of kindness is a great encouragement to my spirit. 

Another reason I have shared this portion of scripture from Galatians is I find it both a tool of instruction and an instrument of warning.

As I read this portion of scripture a quote comes to mind that I saw from Bill Bennot: “How we walk with the broken speaks louder than how we sit with the great.”

What I have learned on the Anvil of Experience is that troubles and trials are not a respecter of persons and they can hit anyone of us at any time.

One of my current outline studies for my personal meditations says, “See others humbly, see yourself honestly and your response to another’s fall reveals your own walk.” 

Galatians 6:1 says, “Brothers, if someone is caught in sin you who are spiritual should restore him gently but watch yourself or you also may be tempted.”

To tell you the truth, some days are trickier than others and I need all the tools of instruction and all the instruments of warning I can get.

Each one of us is fighting a battle all our own, different from the next person that others may or may not see.

So to each of you who have been sharing those random acts of kindness, thank you, and may you continue to be blessed in doing so!

“Let us do good to all people.”

 

Maj. Dave Davis ministers with the Salvation Army Kodiak Corps.

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