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Lovely Character – FBC Charleston

This is the fourth in a series of devotionals published by First Baptist Church of Charleston in connection with Say Something Nice Sunday and Effective Communication month.

Scripture Focus:
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”
— I Corinthians 13:1

As Christians, love should be the defining characteristic of all our communication. It is often said that people do not care how much you know until they know how much you care. Care and love are interchangeable. When my mother came to live with us, she was deep in the throes of Alzheimer’s disease. She could do absolutely nothing for herself. My wife dedicated herself to mother’s care. It made no difference what her needs were or how late the hour, she received unqualified loving care. She loved mother although as far as we could tell, mother had no clue as to who was taking care of her. Mother never lost her smile. I think that smile spoke volumes about the care she was receiving.

On that terrible morning when I was the one to break the news that mother had gone to join dad around God’s throne, Liz had such a difficult time accepting the reality. Volumes have been written about the strife that many mothers-in-laws have with daughters-in-law, but nothing could be further from the truth in this case. It was love at first sight. Liz often said to me, “Your mother became my mother.” What husband could want more than that? I was blessed beyond measure. When I was writing my book, Speaking in Church Made Simple, I learned that the two of them had the same favorite Bible verse. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable unto thee, my strength and my redeemer.”
Prayer Focus:
Dear God, help me never to forget that love is the great conqueror
in all our relationships. Amen.

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Fifty-Two Keys for Living, Loving and Working

Be thankful

Always acknowledge acts of kindness. Our blessings keep coming. Most of us live in a world of unimagined abundance and care. Friends and family surround us. Our community nurtures us. Our friends sustain us. Our loved ones lift us up. Whatever we think that we do not have, remember we have more than most. Thanksgiving lifts the heart and creates such an atmosphere of good will. You woke up this morning. It’s a new day, a new opportunity.

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Random Acts of Kindness – 34

There is someone who needs to experience your caring. Be caring toward her or him. You will be glad that you were.

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Be Gracious – Key 19

Be gracious:

            Good manners never go out of style. People will not remember what you said. They will remember how you make them feel. People will not care about how much you know until they know how much you care.

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