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Monday Monitor – September 21, 2020

Head of School Report

Good day to all,

Today in both chapels (upper and lower schools) we focused on “to love kindness” from Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” 

God had shown His people from the beginning of time, beginning with Adam and Eve, what He required. As we read throughout the Bible, God had told His people, repeatedly, and He had shown them His mercy repeatedly.

So what does to love kindness or love mercy mean?

Love
·       human love for another, including family

·       human appetite for objects such as food, drink, sleep, wisdom

·       human love for OR to God

·       God’s love toward man, Israel, and righteousness
 

Kindness or mercy

·       Hebrew word hesed, which can be used to refer to God’s loving kindness to us

·       Human kindness towards another – A hearty desire to do good to others

·       Mercy is receiving kindness when we do not deserve it

·       Has an element of sacrifice – saved by the Lord’s kindness through His sacrifice on the cross

When we put “love kindness” together we get not just do mercy or kindness, but LOVE to show it.

We should be happy to be kind and merciful, and be kind as we want kindness from the Lord. We are called to mirror God’s mercy and kindness to others and to connect our love for the Lord with our actions towards others.

Love kindness is also about where our heart is and what our motives are. “The kind things we do will be noisy gongs and clanging cymbals” (1 Corinthians 13) if not done based on love.

How can we be unkind?

·       Sharp tone

·       Impatient attitude

·       Indifference to others

·       Annoyance at others

·       Treating others like their needs are a burden

·       Criticize

·       Touchiness or irritability

·       Simply not helping others

To overcome these types of attitudes and behaviors we need self-controlled thinking rooted in humility and other centeredness. Being kind does not come naturally.

What is kindness? (not exclusive)

·       Show compassion

·       Be forgiving (Forgiveness is a big component of mercy)

·       Be helpful

·       Do not retaliate for unkindness

·       Show grace to others

·       Give time, energy, money, possessions

·       Treat others will respect

·       Sacrificing pride

·       More than being “nice” to others

God does not want us just to act with mercy and kindness, he wants us to LOVE mercy and kindness and become people who naturally respond with grace and goodness. There is a ripple effect of loving kindness; we become a witness to the world and show others the kindness of Christ. When we serve people – we serve Christ.

What about in your home, at work, in the hallway, on the field or court, in your cars, or classrooms – how are you showing you love mercy?

If we want to be people who love mercy we need to remember:

  • How much mercy we require from God.
    • First for salvation – sinless Christ was punished on the cross for your and my sins.
    • Second for His mercy triumphing over judgement.  The Bible is full of story after story of betrayal and God’s response of mercy.  He does the same for us now.
  • How much kindness we require from others.
    • Think for a few minutes about the kindness others show you.
    • Sometimes I am tired, and I do not respond well, I am thankful others do not respond negatively back to me.
    • Sometimes I do not collaborate well with others, I am thankful for forgiveness and second chances.
  • Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13
  • We are called for follow God’s example and are blessed by it.
    • Luke 6:36, be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
    • Matthew 5:7, blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy

May the gift of salvation by grace prompt us all to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him.

God bless you all,

Vicky Fogg

Head of School

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