"Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle"
Think of Ed Garton and you think of a really nice, kind and friendly guy - twinkly eyes, loud voice, huge love for his Saviour and huge love for people. When I heard the unbelievable news that he'd died, I thought of his kindness and instantly thought "I wish I'd been kinder".
I wish I'd stopped more and asked more and heard his story. I wasn't horrible, but I could have been kinder. I can always be kinder - to everyone. I think it's all part of the "GET OVER YOURSELF" shout I heard from God recently. When I get over myself, I can be kind to people, and not defensive or proud or mean.
Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit - and I'm grateful because it shows we need God's help as it's not always easy being kind! Liam encouraged us in his sermon to love people because evangelism is love/ love is evangelism, and kindness shows love.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”
(1 Corinthians 13:4)