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Ref-2017-22-Being nice to others is easy

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Being nice to others is easy.
Reflections on MY LORD and ME!
Please take a moment before studying this reflection to purge negative, distracting and disruptive thoughts by giving them to our Lord Jesus Christ through prayer ( ). I encourage you to review the “Self-Reflection Questions” at the end, there maybe some unexpected blessings! Enjoy God’s wonders...
The world is filled with people of varying personalities. It is a pleasure to encounter a different perspective with each conversation I have. It is easy for me to be nice to anyone who comes my way. I appreciate meeting those who are different from me. The fact that they come from another background has little impact on how I treat them. Being pleasant to strangers is as simple as offering a smile. When I exchange pleasantries with others in the supermarket, I see the impact. Getting someone to smile just by making the first gesture is worth the effort. Sharing what I have with others gives me pleasure. I realize that it is possible to take care of my interests as well as someone else's at the same time. When I get to work each morning, I make a conscious effort to greet my co-workers. Acknowledging them with a cheery greeting opens the floor for respectful communication and collaboration. Before I start my car, I remind myself to be nice to other drivers on the road. Being conscious of this makes it easy to extend courtesies when driving. It takes more effort to be unkind than to be nice and I choose to put my energy on positive actions. Today, I realize that being nice to someone adds value to my life as well as theirs.
I appreciate meeting those who are different from me. The fact that they come from another background has little impact on how I treat them.
Being pleasant to strangers is as simple as offering a smile. When I exchange pleasantries with others in the supermarket, I see the impact. Getting someone to smile just by making the first gesture is worth the effort.
Sharing what I have with others gives me pleasure. I realize that it is possible to take care of my interests as well as someone else's at the same time.
When I get to work each morning, I make a conscious effort to greet my co-workers. Acknowledging them with a cheery greeting opens the floor for respectful communication and collaboration.
Before I start my car, I remind myself to be nice to other drivers on the road. Being conscious of this makes it easy to extend courtesies when driving.
It takes more effort to be unkind than to be nice and I choose to put my energy on positive actions.
Today, I realize that being nice to someone adds value to my life as well as theirs.
Self-Reflection Questions:
1) What are some of the nice things that I am able to do for others? Nurturing the activity of caring for others and nourishing them in the life.
The nurture of Children:
Deuteronomy 4:9–10 NASB95
“Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons. Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when the Lord said to me, ‘Assemble the people to Me, that I may let them hear My words so they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’
Colossians 3:21 NASB95
Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.
Caring Attitude of Leaders:
1 Thessalonians 2:7–12 NASB95
But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children. Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us. For you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, how working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers; just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
Leading by Example:
Titus 2:6–7 NASB95
Likewise urge the young men to be sensible; in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified,
Encouraging Growth:
2 Peter 3:18 NASB95
but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
2) How do I react when someone is nice to me?
Thankfulness for God’s Goodness:
Psalm 100:4–5 NASB95
Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.
Thankfulness for answered prayer:
1 Samuel 2:1–10 NASB95
Then Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the Lord; My horn is exalted in the Lord, My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation. “There is no one holy like the Lord, Indeed, there is no one besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God. “Boast no more so very proudly, Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth; For the Lord is a God of knowledge, And with Him actions are weighed. “The bows of the mighty are shattered, But the feeble gird on strength. “Those who were full hire themselves out for bread, But those who were hungry cease to hunger. Even the barren gives birth to seven, But she who has many children languishes. “The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to Sheol and raises up. “The Lord makes poor and rich; He brings low, He also exalts. “He raises the poor from the dust, He lifts the needy from the ash heap To make them sit with nobles, And inherit a seat of honor; For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, And He set the world on them. “He keeps the feet of His godly ones, But the wicked ones are silenced in darkness; For not by might shall a man prevail. “Those who contend with the Lord will be shattered; Against them He will thunder in the heavens, The Lord will judge the ends of the earth; And He will give strength to His king, And will exalt the horn of His anointed.”
Thankfulness for others:
Philemon 4 NASB95
I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers,
3) In which situations do I have a hard time extending kind gestures? The absence of due thankfulness. Scripture gives examples of human ingratitude to God for all the blessings and gifts which he provides for them. It is especially important for Christians to give thanks to God.
The ingratitude of human beings toward each other; in ancient days supposedly life was cheap but it was what’s in their soul that was evil:
The absence of due thankfulness. Scripture gives examples of human ingratitude to God for all the blessings and gifts which he provides for them. It is especially important for Christians to give thanks to God.
Genesis 40:23 NASB95
Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
Numbers 16:13–14 NASB95
Is it not enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to have us die in the wilderness, but you would also lord it over us? Indeed, you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor have you given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Would you put out the eyes of these men? We will not come up!”
Manser, Martin H. Dictionary of Bible Themes: The Accessible and Comprehensive Tool for Topical Studies. London: Martin Manser, 2009. Print.
Returning evil for good:
Psalm 35:12 NASB95
They repay me evil for good, To the bereavement of my soul.
The fallen nature of mankind:
Romans 1:21 NASB95
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Thank you for reading, God bless you, your family and have a blessed day! Assistance from , of course from the Bible but also from: Manser, Martin H. Dictionary of Bible Themes: The Accessible and Comprehensive Tool for Topical Studies. London: Martin Manser, 2009. Print.
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