When we walk by the Spirit, we will exhibit kindness. These are some aspects of kindness that, with the help of the Spirit, we must express to others.

First, we must have empathy. Empathy is putting yourself in another person’s place. It can be easy to forget our own past failures, weaknesses, and needs and become insensitive to the struggles of others. So to practice kindness in these situations, we must remember the people we once were and reach out to others to help them become the people God has created them to be—full of abundant life and joy, resting in the grace of God. When talking with a troubled friend, we should apply Proverbs 12:25: “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.”

Second, show kindness to yourself—not as self-indulgence, but as mercy. Ask God to forgive your sins, but don’t dwell on them. Don’t allow your past to dominate your present thinking. In addition, allow yourself to receive kindness from others. In doing so, you are giving someone else an opportunity to experience more of God’s joy and fulfillment in their own lives.

Prayer: God, teach me to be an empathetic person. Help me to remember where I came from and to encourage others. Help me to also show myself mercy and receive kindness from others. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.


Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.


The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.


He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.



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