First Baptist Church of Texas City
From Our Children’s Minister, Meschel Hara:
This month First Kids Elementary is focusing on the
Fruit of the Spirit, Kindness. God is kind to us even though
we don’t deserve it. Because of His love for us, we can be
kind to everyone. Jesus modeled kindness for us, but He
also commanded it. It’s part of the second most important
commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. This
month we have four great stories from the Bible to help us
understand what kindness looks like.
In Ephesians 4:32 Paul writes to the church in Ephesus
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each
other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Maybe there is
someone you’ve been working on forgiving. May God help
you forgive that person this February of 2021.
In the book of Ruth God gives us a great example of how
we can show His love to our family. Ruth demonstrates
great love and compassion for her mother-in-law, Naomi,
and then Boaz does as well for Ruth and Naomi. It’s a
great love story that brings us King David and ultimately
our Savior, Jesus.
In Matthew 5:41, Jesus describes how to go the second
mile for those who persecute us in the Sermon on the
Mount. “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him
two.” God wants us to strive for peace with each other,
which may require some sacrifice on our part.
At the end of the month, First Kids Elementary will explore
the well-known parable of the good Samaritan in Luke 10.
Jesus responds to the expert’s question of how he inherits
eternal life and then his question of who justifies as his
neighbor with this parable. It’s such an important story
for us to understand because it impacts where we spend
eternity. God commands us to be kind to EVERYONE;
and there are no ifs, ands, or buts about it.