(This week's devotion is a snippet from

last Sunday's sermon:

Patience/Kindness.") "By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, KINDNESS, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." - Galatians 5:22-23

A few days ago, I watched a video about the “Science of Kindness,” and I was struck by their line, “kindness is one of the few things in the world… that doubles… when shared.” This means that if we do just one act of kindness every day, we not only reduce our stress, our anxiety, and our depression, but we do the same for someone else. When we offer kindness to a sibling/stranger, family member/friend – our bodies are flooded with HORMONES that make us (and the person) calmer, healthier, and happier. These HORMONES include: SERATONIN (heals wounds & helps us relax), ENDORPHINS (blocks pain & relieves stress) and OXYTOCIN (lowers blood pressure & boosts positive feelings). I also read, in a 2017 article in Psychology Today, that KINDNESS has been proven to be the MOST IMPORTANT PREDICTOR of Satisfaction & Stability in marriage. (I hope every married person reads this last sentence twice.) Social scientists discovered that couples who report the most satisfying & stable marriages offer the most kindness and care to each other. On the other hand, those couples with the least satisfying & stable marriages tend to be callous and cruel to each other. The lesson: if couples want to have a satisfying & stable marriage, they should be kind (not cruel) to each other. If we want to improve the level of intimacy and quality of marriage, we should be kind (and not callous) towards our partner. Friends, the most important truths are sometimes the most obvious. They are like open secrets that we just need to recognize. So, for the remainder of this week - let's be intentional about doing one act of kindness each day. Perhaps it's at work. Perhaps it's in the grocery store. Perhaps it's at home - with your family, friends, spouse. As you offer this gift of kindness (especially in those situations when kindness is NOT how you want to respond,) lift up prayers for God to water these seeds of kindness in our world, in others, in us. ~ Pastor Caleb

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