“…everyone you meet today is fighting a battle & needs courage.
Needs help to live ‘in courage.’
Needs someone to encourage with words that give strength for their battle.
‘Gently encourage… & reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.’ 1Thess5:13MSG
Because the thing is: Every breath’s a battle between grudgery & gratitude. Give thanks — & you win joy today!
Really that’s it. Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about, as are you. In this life, no one is completely whole. We are all broken in some way, but some wounds and scars are more visible than others. So be kind.
Remember it was the kindness of God that first led you to repentance. Not brow-beating or stern lecturing. It was kindness. Not passive acceptance or permissiveness, but kindness that leads people to be better than they were before. Kindness that brings about a change of heart that leads to a change of behavior. Kinda like repentance.
If you live in grudgery all the time, people around you know. If you live in a constant state of gratitude, people around you will also know. One turns people away from God, while the other leads them to want to know Him more.
So be kind and live gratefully. That’s all.