[L]ive in harmony with one another.
—1 Peter 3:8
In the September 2, 2017, issue of Time, columnist Susanna Schrobsdorff wrote about “the scenes of kindness after kindness,” in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s hammering of Southeast Texas.
It was a welcome reminder, Susanna said, “of something we feared might be extinct: that aspect of America that brims with compassion . . . seeing people of every type thrown together without any social trappings. . . . and no one asking whom these people voted for or about tax reform or whether a Confederate statue should be moved.”
Maybe Paul smiled, too, seeing his instruction leap off the page from print to action: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. Instead, be kind to each other . . .” (Eph 4:31–32 NLT).
In a nation where you can be
anything you want to be, be kind.