Posts Tagged ‘Kindness

16
Oct
19

God’s Kindness

I was thinking recently about my favorite attributes of God. I have always been struck by His unconditional love – for me and for the world. I love His grace and mercy. His mercy keeps me from what I deserve and His grace gives me what I don’t deserve. His grace not only saves me, but it sustains me. On this particular day, I started thinking about God’s kindness. God is not only loving, gracious and merciful, but He is also kind. I believe that it is more than just being a nice God who does nice things. I believe that it is God reaching out to the spiritually poverty stricken to do good things for us. This is what Peter wrote in 1 Peter 5:10-11 (NLT):

In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 11 All power to him forever! Amen.

God reached out to us in kindness and called us to Himself through Jesus. God wants to spend eternity with you and me. Though we may suffer for a while in this life, it is nothing compared to the everlasting joy of eternity. Whatever you are going through today, know that God is good and kind. May He show you His kindness in a powerful way today.

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08
Oct
18

Getting Even Plus

When someone hurts us, our first instinct is to get even with them. We want revenge! Jesus addressed this in the Sermon on the Mount. He said:

You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. – Matthew 5:38-42 (NIV)

Here’s the problem with revenge. Rarely is it eye for eye. It’s two eyes for an eye. We don’t want to just get even. We want to get even plus. Jesus turns this thinking upside down and says that we need to go the extra mile by returning evil with kindness instead of revenge. Jesus expects His followers to be different from the world. That means that instead of revenge, we respond with love.
26
Jan
18

Hospitality

As followers of Jesus, we are all part of a great big family of believers. We’re a spiritual family of brothers and sisters. Peter says that we should be hospitable toward one another and help each other without complaining. He wrote:

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. – 1 Peter 4:9 (NIV)

We do not live in very hospitable times. We like the privacy of our own homes. We like to be left alone. But the fact is that we need our brothers and sisters and they need us. Hospitality is about bring friendly toward others. It is more than just a hug or a handshake on a Sunday morning. It is about doing life together as brothers and sisters. Think about your own flesh and blood. If your brother or sister fell on hard times, many of you would help them however you could. The same thing goes for our spiritual family. We need to practice kindness and hospitality toward our spiritual brothers and sisters. When we do, we shouldn’t complain about it, but rather see it as an opportunity to share the love of God.
08
Aug
17

Showing Kindness To Enemies

When someone treats you like an enemy, the last thing you want to do is be kind to them. We’d much rather try to get revenge on those who harm us. Solomon said that we should be kind and show compassion to our enemies. He wrote:

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
    if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.

22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
    and the Lord will reward you. – Proverbs 25:21-22 (NIV)

Notice that there are two things that will happen when we show kindness to our enemies and adversaries. First, we heap proverbial burning coals on their head. They may feel guilt and shame over how they have treated you. Second, the Lord will reward you. God does not reward vengeance. Instead, He rewards kindness and compassion. Jesus told us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us. We do this by showing kindness to them, not in seeking revenge.
31
Jul
17

Showing Kindness To The Poor

One of the biggest political debates of our time, among many, is what to do with the poor and poverty-stricken. What do we do with people who are less fortunate or who have fallen on hard times? Solomon said that we should be kind to them and for a very good reason. He wrote:

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
    and he will reward them for what they have done. – Proverbs 19:17 (NIV)

Do you show contempt for the poor or do you want to show them kindness? Let’s face it, many of us are closer to being poor than we want to be. If you were to be laid off or if you were to lose your job, you’d be living in the poor house in a matter of months, if not weeks.  So why would we ever show contempt for the poor? Let’s find ways to be kind to them and to give them a hand up. We who have been blessed must recognize that God has been good and generous toward us.  So let’s be generous with our blessings knowing that God will bless us even more when we do.
13
Mar
17

The New Clothes

Good Monday morning to you! After taking some time to talk about the ways we used to live and how they are inappropriate for God’s people, Paul turns to how we should live now. He says:

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. – Colossians 3:12 (NIV)

Since we are all one in Christ and Christ is in us, we must live differently than the ways we used to live. One of the most important aspects of being a follower of Jesus is that we put others before ourselves. Instead of putting ourselves first, we put Jesus first and then others. We are to be compassionate, kind and humble. We are to be gentle and patient when we deal with others. This is counter-intuitive and counter-cultural. It’s not how the world operates. However, it is how we operate because we don’t belong to the world anymore.
06
Jan
16

A Good Reminder

Good Wednesday morning to you!  In this life are bound to come troubles, difficulties and disappointments.  In this life are bound to come hardships, roadblocks and people who will let you down.  Someone is going to mess up your day today.  It’s simple mathematics.  You’re going to come into contact with hundreds of people today in one way or another.  It may be a co-worker or a neighbor or a friend.  It might be someone at the grocery store or on the freeway.  You’re going to run into someone having a rotten day and it will seem like they were put on this earth to ruin your day.  Remember this – they weren’t.  Remember that they may be going through something about which you have no idea.  They may be losing a loved one.  They may be going through a break up of some kind.  Their coffee maker might be on the fritz.  You never know what someone is going through, so be patient and kind to everyone you meet.  After all, you don’t want to be the person who ruins someone else’s day.  Think about that as you move about through this Wednesday.  God bless…




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