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18 Kindness mp3 Instrumental version
  Samartini - Concerto for recorder in F
 
  God raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places,
so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace
in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Eph. 2:7)

Kindness, chrestotes in Greek, is one of the great New Testament words:
It epitomises what it means to live for the Lord.

Kindness nurtures, cherishes and approves;
it is the very opposite of the boorishness
and arrogance that worms its way
from homes-behind-closed-doors
through the portals of all too many fellowships.
 
   

 

 

 

 

 

   
  It is those who are most dead to their own desire for glory
who best show forth His risen life,
achieving much because it never crosses their mind
to siphon off blessings to their own advantage.

Lord, as the pressures mount,
it is so easy to adopt a stance that puts other people down
with a steely glance or a disconcerting word.
Open my heart to better ways of reaching out,
and so narrow the contour map
between how I am and how I would like to be.
 
Take whatever action is required,
to fill my heart with this loving kindness.
Root out the poison of unkindness
until each spiteful word is put to flight.
For although our ultimate transfiguration will occur in the blinking of an eye,
inner transformation does not come overnight.
 
 
Lord, when You created children
and animals with the instinct to run and play,
You were putting something of Your own nature in them.
We leave the hue and cry now to inhale fresh air;
for from a wise mind comes wise speech.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Kind words are like honey -
sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

May we learn to admire without envy,
to praise but not flatter
and to take heed as we lead never to manipulate
less we shatter all that You are seeking to bring about.

You treasure our efforts
to make our words as seasoned salt.
  Calm and comfort our tempest tossed souls
that we may apply the timeless balm of kindness.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we will be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord:
and a royal diadem in our Fatherís house.

  I will tell about the Lordís kindness
and praise Him for everything He has done.
I will praise the Lord for the many good things He has given us
and for His goodness to the people [house] of Israel.
He has shown great mercy to us according to his compassion
and has been very kind to us (Is. 63:7)
 
  Or as The Message recommends:

Iíll make a list of Godís gracious dealings,
all the things God has done that need praising,
All the generous bounties of God,
his great goodness to the family of Israeló
Compassion lavished,
love extravagant.

He said, ďWithout question these are My people,
children who would never betray Me.Ē
So He became their Saviour.
In all their troubles,
He was troubled, too.
He didnít send someone else to help them.
He did it Himself, in person.
Out of His own love and pity
He redeemed them. (The Message, Isaiah 63:7-8)
 

The Lord is righteous in everything He does; He is filled with kindness. Ps. 145:17 . . .

. . . But Hezekiah did not respond appropriately to the kindness shown him,
and he became proud. 2 Chron. 32:25
 
  There is no quota we can ever exhaust of the Lordí kindness Ė
we canít earn it we can only thank Him again and again,
and give Him the joy of being able to give more!
 
 
     


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Readers: Musicians: Recording Engineers:
Robert Weston Carol Sampson (Singer songwriter) Colin Owen
Rosalind Weston Christiane von Albrecht (Keyboard) Jonathan Greenwood
Andrew Whettam Linda Entwistle (Vocals & Keyboard)  
Harmony Greenwood Elizabeth Long (Flute)  
Jacqui Galvin Corinne Frost (Cello)  
  Keith Entwistle (Percussion)  
  Grace Lee (Violin)  
  Thomas Herzog (Oboe)  
  Christine Rick (Cello)  
  Claire (Violin) and Chian Lim (Viola)  
  Jo Garcia (Cello)  
  Andrew Whettam (Marimba)  
  Francis Cummings (Composer)  
  Jo Foote (Recorder)  
  Robert Weston (Recorder)  
  Sue Perks (Singer)  

 


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