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"All I really need to learn I learned in Kindergarten"

Posted August 4, 2021

“All I really need to learn I learned in Kindergarten”

In his 1990 book, Robert Fulgham reminded us that “All I really need to learn I learned in Kindergarten!” The would be a better place if only we all would remember all those things we were taught in kindergarten! Simple things like: Share everything; Play fair; Don't hit people; Clean up your own mess! (If only our leaders in DC would remember these things…) Much of life is that simple. Even during the worldwide pandemic, we were reminded to “wash your hands!” (Didn’t we already know that?)

A lot about being a Christian is that simple too. Paul writes: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32) “Be kind to one another” that’s simple, right? BUT sometimes it’s not all that easy! “Forgiving one another?” You say, “Are you kidding me? You don’t know what that turkey has done to me!” (I said that it’s simple to be a Christian, I did NOT say that it was easy!) It’s HARD to forgive someone who has hurt you!

Here’s the key, “forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you!” Jesus has forgiven YOU fully and completely! He knows who you are and what you have done and he still loves you! “You see at the right time, while you were still weak in your sin, Christ died for you!” (Romans 5:6)

The hard part is that you will NEVER be able to be kind enough, tender enough or forgiving enough! But the EASY part is that Jesus has ALREADY DONE EVERYTHING for us! God loves you! “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!” (Romans 5:8)

So how should we live? Simple, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Receive the love and forgiveness of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit working within you, share that kindness and love with others. Remember, Jesus loved you first! Tag! Your it! Now share that love with others!

Loved by Jesus,

 Pastor Maske

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