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1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

Kindness Multiplied

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1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

Kindness Multiplied

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Suggestion: Use a multiplication chart or a white board and marker to demonstrate multiplication

Learning how to be kind is a simple thing, but it has such big rewards. Can you imagine a world in which everyone would be kind to one another? That would solve a lot of problems wouldn’t it?

We can learn kindness in much the same way we learn our multiplication sums. Some of you have already learned multiplication and others will be learning how to multiply before too long. It is a very useful thing to know.

We must practice and memorize numbers that go together and produce a sum. Let’s work with a simple example.

Are there three volunteers? I will give each of you two marbles. Now we have a multiplication problem. If we multiply two marbles (2) by three kids (3) we get our answer: 6. (Personalize this example with something that is available and works for you.)

To learn how to be kind we must also practice. Do something nice for someone every day. It could be as simple as giving a compliment or smiling at someone who looks sad. It could be helping someone with a task without being asked. It could be opening the door for an older person. Let’s hear some of your ideas.

When you practice kindness it becomes natural to you. You will find yourself being kind without even thinking about it.

The Bible teaches us that we should ” increase and abound in love one toward another” (3:11). Just as popcorn pops and fills a bowl, your kindness will increase and overflow to others. Let kindness fill you with love and peace.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan