Pastor’s Piece on the Master’s Peace #94

 

Proverbs 27:6

Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. NLT

 

FRUIT & FIBRE – Kindness #5

 

            Today we address the final two characteristics found in scripture, that define a Kind person.

  1. KIND PEOPLE ARE STRAIGHTFORWARD

Proverbs 27:6 “Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy”. NLT

            A real friend will level with you and say such things as, ‘Your blowing it” or “you need to get in shape”.

            If you need surgery, is it better for the doctor to tell you this or would you rather he say, “Don’t worry about it, go home and relax.”

The bible gives us a great example of straightforwardness in Galatians 2:11-16

But when Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him to his face, for what he did was very wrong.  When he first arrived, he ate with the Gentile Christians, who were not circumcised. But afterward, when some friends of James came, Peter wouldn’t eat with the Gentiles anymore. He was afraid of criticism from these people who insisted on the necessity of circumcision.  As a result, other Jewish Christians followed Peter’s hypocrisy, and even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy.

When I saw that they were not following the truth of the gospel message, I said to Peter in front of all the others, “Since you, a Jew by birth, have discarded the Jewish laws and are living like a Gentile, why are you now trying to make these Gentiles follow the Jewish traditions?

“You and I are Jews by birth, not ‘sinners’ like the Gentiles. Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.” NLT

One commentator made the following conclusion about confrontation.

“How do you know when to be tough rather than tender with people? Ask yourself two questions:

  1. Am I really committed to this person’s best interest?
  2. Am I making a hit and run comment, or do I plan to stick around and help my friend work out the change?

            One more characteristic to talk about today.

  1. KIND PEOPLE ARE SPONTANEOUS

Galatians 6:10

Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith. NLT

            Friends, our lives are filled with “Good Intentions”. When it comes to kindness, good intentions do not count. The opportunity may not last until “you get around to it.”

            The bible gives us the story of the Good Samaritan found in Luke chapter 10. The idea behind the story is that being kind is spontaneous.

            Being kind will also cost you. But it is well worth it.

            There are people all around us who are hurting. They are hurting in their marriages; they are hurting at work. They are hurting physically, emotionally and spiritually.

What could your kindness mean to them?  Your kindness will reflect the love of Christ to them and open the door to testify of His saving power.

You may regret many things, but being kind will not be one of them.         


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