Monday, September 26, 2011

The Art of Kindness and a Titus 2sday Link-up!

Welcoming guest blogger, Joii from

I’d like to thank Darlene for allowing me to post today. She is showing me great kindness and it humbles my heart.

I grew up as a PK (preacher’s kid). I think it’s safe to say that I have heard thousands of sermons preached by my father. What a blessing! It is so funny how I can recall so many of my dad’s sermon titles, even to this day. One of them was called, “The Art of Kindness.” I thought that would be a perfect title for today’s post.

I love sitting at the feet of Jesus and learning about submission and service to my husband. We have an awesome marriage, but these lessons are making it even sweeter. One of the ways to walk in submission and service is to be kind.

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” ~ Ephesians 4:32, KJV

Let’s jump into this pool of kindness. Let’s lay back, close our eyes and float in it...

Okay…ready? Let’s go!

When I think of the "art” of something, I think about the mastery of it. I think about the study of it. This isn’t a passive thing. The art of kindness should be intentional and well thought out. Don’t hold it out for special occasions. Think about showing kindness every day!

I ask, “What does the art of kindness look like?” One of the ways to operate in the art of kindness is to be deliberate about it:
  • Find out from the Lord what makes your mate feel loved, blessed and appreciated.

  • Study and learn what makes them smile. Really take the time to investigate.

  • Don’t fall into the trick of doing for them, what would bless you.

  • Know their “love language.” For example, my Sweetness showing me kindness might be him sending me a single rose with a note. That would be nice for him in return, but getting him a single cupcake from his favorite bakery and a note would be better. (smile)
Developing the art of kindness in our marriages can help keep Jesus in and sin out. As we honor and submit by mastering the art of kindness, the Lord will anoint us to continue this cycle that I’ve heard called the “Blessing Circle.” As you bless your husband, he will bless you and you both will bless the Lord.

Our God has a plan for healthy, stable, loving and sweet marriages. Follow His instructions, and you cannot go wrong. So I say, as Paul did in Ephesians, “And be ye kind one to another…”

Meet Joii:
Joii Cooper is a follower of Christ, who is happily married and a full life lover. She has recently delved into the blogosphere with her blog, "A Full Day," which celebrates living life to the fullest. Joii loves speaking to women about Jesus and how to live abundant lives in Him.

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