Pastor’s Piece on the Master’s Peace #93

Romans 12:15

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep NKJV 

FRUIT & FIBRE Kindness #4

 

  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.

           

  1. KIND PEOPLE ARE SUPPORTIVE: Proverbs 15:4  “Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit”. NLT

 

 

  1. KIND PEOPLE ARE SYMPATHETIC: Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.”  NKJV

            If you want to be kind, learn to be sympathetic.

The story is told of an elderly lady who was standing in a long line at the post office one Christmas. Someone asked her what she was there for and she said that she only wanted to buy stamps. You can get those in the machine in the lobby the person suggested. “Yes, I can” replied the senior lady, “but that machine won’t ask me about my rheumatism.”

            I don’t know anything about the post office workers in that town, except I do know that they were sympathetic and kind.

            By the way, do you want to know the easiest way to be sympathetic?

Learn to ask the second question. The first question usually is, ‘Hey, how’s it going? How’s it going at work? Home or Family?

The second question feeds off the answer to that question. The second question sounds something like this. “You said that it was a really hard day at work today, would you tell me about it?

            Believe me friends, most people are ready for you to ask the second question. We live in a cruel, lonely, “nobody cares for me anyway” society and if we as Christians can engage in conversation beyond the surface, it opens up people to see the compassion of Christ as we live it out in our  conversations. 

            Jesus, of course, set a perfect example to us of a sympathetic person. At the grave of His friend Lazarus, the bible tells us that “Jesus wept.” He felt the pain of the people around Him. Even though He knew that He was going to show the power of God to those same people momentarily. The lesson is clear. As Christians, we must be willing to show sympathy and compassion, even though we know the joy of the Lord and the power of His name to overcome the circumstances people find themselves in.

            How sympathetic are you? How sympathetic am I? The spiritual fruit of kindness is evident in the sympathy we show to others.

 

 


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