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Kindness ..... August 29, 2021

BE KIND to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 ESV


Kindness, in many ways today, seems to be less a reality than in times past. I believe this is partly because of the daily stress of life and encountering individuals who need kindness shown to them. One definition of kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. We have heard the phrase and challenge to do random acts of kindness, and I have intentionally practiced this in some cases but unfortunately not as often as I should. As believers, we know the Master of Kindness who displayed by his life how we should treat others with kindness. He was a friend of sinners, generously gave his life, was always considerate of others, and has blessed us with unmeasurable acts of kindness.


A Friend of Sinners:

The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, "Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!" Matthew 11:19 ESV

Jesus befriended those who normally would not receive acts of kindness from those who were considered religious. Make no mistake, Jesus did not participate in sin, but he did spend time in the presence of those who were not yet redeemed. As believers, we must follow Jesus' example to engage with those who do not know Christ personally. We are to be in this world but not of this world. Scripture teaches us ... Do not love the world or things in the world. 1 John 2:15 ESV This means as believers we cannot avoid being around the influence of sin, but we are not to engage in or grow to love sin. Never elevate yourself above anyone; for in doing so, you will have started down a path of unkindness. Remember also that God became flesh, leaving a sinless kingdom and entering this sinful world so that he could make it possible for sinners to be redeemed. Being redeemed, they will live for all eternity in a home he has prepared for them. What an act of kindness to be a friend to someone who needs to know Jesus personally with the intention of introducing them to him.


Generous:

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. 1 John 3:1 ESV He, who needed nothing, chose to call me, who needed much. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight. Ephesians 1:7-8 ESV God did the unspeakable when he willingly died so that I might be forgiven of my sin. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person - though perhaps for a good person one would dare even - but God show his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:7-8 ESV God loves us generously and died, was buried, and rose again to give life-giving evidence of his love for us. THAT'S GENEROSITY!!


Considerate:

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourself. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interest of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:4-5 ESV. Jesus considered your life as important and significant, and he proved this by giving his. If Jesus was selfish, he would have made his kingdom of this world. If Jesus was selfish, he would not have gone to prepare a place for you. If Jesus was selfish, he would not come again to take us home, but he knew we needed him to make eternal life possible.


Conclusion:

Jesus is the only example of kindness upon which we should focus. As believers, we need his mindset of kindness. As a temple of the Holy Spirit, may his light of kindness shine so brightly that you bring glory to God by living this lifestyle intentionally.


Application:

Make it a point this week to ask God to show you a way to do one act of kindness for someone this week. It might be an encouraging word, showing unquestionable gratitude, or making the other person more significant than yourself. In short ... be like Jesus. I only challenged you to do one act this week, but hopefully, you will make it a daily practice that kindness might become more contagious than the virus of our day. To make it a challenge, do this act of kindness to someone that you believe does not deserve it or for someone who has wronged you; it may cause them to look closely at you, and hopefully ..... see Jesus ...... the real motive for our doing and living - that others see Jesus in you for HIS glory.


Because of His Grace ~ Pastor David

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