Pastor’s Piece on the Master’s Peace #90

 

“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”

Col 3:12

FRUIT & FIBRE – Kindness

“You may be sorry that you spoke, or sorry that you stayed or went,

You may be sorry that you lost, or sorry that so much was spent

but as you go through this life, I know that you will find

you will never be truly sorry, if indeed, you were kind.”

This week we will continue on with our “Fruit & Fibre.” Series. We will focus on the Spiritual Fruit of KINDNESS.

            The bible is filled with lots of admonition about kindness. Kindness is crucial to your spiritual health because it is part of the character of God. Kindness is in Gods DNA and it should be part of every Christians DNA.

            Have you noticed, as I have that this isn’t always the case. Some Christians are accurately described as having a bad case of “religious grumpiness”. They may talk one thing, but their attitude and actions speak something entirely different. They look like they were baptized in vinegar.

            They go around and are quick to share their complaints. They complain of their “Missionary Mumps” and their “Wesleyan Warts”. They’ve got a bad case of “Baptist Bursitis” and “Charismatic Cramps”. With a scowl firmly enveloping their face, they approach the unsuspecting victim and say things like, “Smile Jesus loves you, just think, if you give your heart to the Lord, you can have His joy fill you, just like it has me.”

            I like how the little girl prayed one night before bed. “Dear God, please make all the bad people good and the good people nice.” God wants you and me to be nice today. This starts with KINDNESS.

Kindness is love in action. It is a practical expression of love. It is visible and active.

            “Why should we be kind?”  This is a good question. Kindness can be risky. We might be misunderstood if we are kind to other people. They might think, “Why is this person being so nice? What’s in it for him or her?” The other risk of course is that when you are kind to someone, they may take advantage of you. “Ok, here’s a sucker,” they may think.

            Despite the risks, I believe the bible gives us at least two reasons why we should be kind.

  1. Be Kind, Because God is Kind To Us. Ephesians 2:7: So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus”. NLT

            As I said before, Kindness is a part of Gods DNA and when a person is Kind, they most resemble the heart of God.

  1. Be Kind Because, Kindness Is Returned. Matthew 7:12 “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” NKJV.

            Recently I came across the following observation someone made about Kindness. They said,

One of the most difficult things to give away is kindness, for it is usually returned. Source Unknown

            The truth is that if you are going to be rude to other people, they are more than likely going to be rude to you. If you are kind, they in turn, will be kind.

            Tomorrow I will introduce the first of five characteristics that the bible uses to define a kind person. In the meantime, be kind today. Put others first, and see what God does in your heart, mind and soul.


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