Pastor’s Piece on the Master’s Peace #92

 

Philippians 2:4

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. NKJV

 

FRUIT & FIBRE – KINDNESS #2

            Yesterday we opened up the spiritual fruit of “Kindness”. We discovered that there are at least two reasons the bible gives to 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
  2. 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.

Today we will begin unpacking 5 characteristics found in scripture that define a “kind” person.

  1. KIND PEOPLE ARE SENSITIVE TO OTHERS:

Philippians 2:4 “ Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” NKJV

Kind people are sensitive to others. They are aware of the needs of people around them. Notice that this verse says that each of us should “look out”. This means that we need to be intentional in our focus. It is not only about me, but it is about others and their needs.

Now you would think that this would be obvious, but think about how often the number one person we think about is spelled “ME”. What I want, what I feel, what I need. And there is nothing wronmg with taking care of yourself as long as we also as the scripture for today admonishes,, “but also for the interests of others.”

Alexander Maclaren said “Kindness makes a person attractive. If you would win the world, melt it, do not hammer it.”

Everyone likes hanging around a kind person. They are always on the look out for your best interests. This should be a defining mark of the Christian.

Kindness starts with sensitivity. I remember counseling someone years ago who was in my office because they had but hurt by someone else. They started out by blaming themselves for what they were feeling. They said, “I guess, I’m just too sensitive.” I quickly corrected them because what they were believing about themselves was a lie. It is impossible to be “too” sensitive, it is possible to not be sensitive enough. While there is some merit to put in place boundaries to protect your spirit from attack, there is no merit to stop being sensitive. Think about the alternative. Being insensitive is really no place you want to be either. Sensitive people are kind. It goes hand in hand.

If this world needs anything, it is more “kind” people. There are people in “your world” of influence who need kindness from you. It starts with being kind to your spouse, and your children. Or, starts with being kind to parents and other siblings. It then spreads to neighbours and co-workers.

In other words, those around you are in need of your sensitivity and kindness. Everyone has hurts and Remember, this is not something that you can manufacture on your own. The Holy Spirit is the One who will produce Spiritual Kindness in you. The key is to allow Him that opportunity.

Tomorrow, another characteristic of the spiritual fruit of “Kindness.”

 

 


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