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When you were a child, did your mother ever tell you to “be nice”? Mine did. I guess I needed it. Sometimes I’d hear it when heading to school. But usually, I heard it when I was not being nice to someone! It was her reminder of how to act.
Being nice is all about treating other people with kindness, of using good manners and having a pleasant disposition. The Bible doesn’t use the words “be nice.” It does use other words to describe our ideal behavior. Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (NIV)
Who comes to your mind when you think of a kind person? One of the people I think of is Mary. Years ago, she taught my children at our church. She was a gentle person who always wore a smile. I never saw her harsh with anyone. She and her husband, Jim, were always willing to help out in any way. She comes to mind when I think about someone who is kind. She is the epitome of “being nice.”
This week, the podcast will focus on passages that instruct us on how to treat others. I think a good place to start is being kind to one another. Stop for a moment and think of someone you know who is kind. Then, determine to have the same attitude toward others today!
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