Gearing up

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Eph 4:31-32

Mean people shift the spiritual atmosphere around them into reverse. We’re just idling in neutral if all we do is try not to be mean ourselves. Driving the kingdom of God forward requires that we supplant meanness with attitudes of deliberate and sometimes sacrificial kindness, encouragement, and empathy for others.

Lord, shift my love into high gear.