Rev. Carl H. Kemp, Pastor
Why does God expect us to be kind?
January 29, 2006
KEY BIBLE VERSE: (Luke NIV) But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
Showing undeserved kindness imitates Gods character. Love means action. One way to put love to work is to take the initiative in meeting specific needs. This is easy to do with people who love us, people whom we trust; but love means doing this even to those who dislike us or plan to hurt us. The money we give others should be considered a gift, not a high-interest loan that will help us more than them. Give as though you are giving to God.
: Romans 12:9-21 READING
KEY BIBLE VERSE: (Rom NIV) Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
14Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Message Bible
Genuine kindness is our response to Gods love. Most of us have learned how to pretend to love othershow to speak kindly, avoid hurting their feelings, and appear to take an interest in them. We may even be skilled in pretending to feel moved with compassion when we hear of others needs, or to become indignant when we learn of injustice. But God calls us to real and sincere love that goes far beyond pretense and politeness. Sincere love requires concentration and effort. It means helping others become better people. It demands our time, money, and personal involvement. No individual has the capacity to express love to a whole community, but the body of Christ in your town does. Look for people who need your love, and look for ways you and your fellow believers can love your community for Christ.
: Colossians 3:1-17 READING
KEY BIBLE VERSE: Therefore, as Gods chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12, niv)
Kindness is one of the characteristics of Gods people. Paul offers a strategy to help us live for God day by day: (1) imitate Christs compassionate, forgiving attitude (3:12-13); (2) let love guide your life (3:14); (3) let the peace of Christ rule in your heart (3:15); (4) always be thankful (3:15); (5) keep Gods Word in you at all times (3:16); (6) live as Jesus Christs representative (3:17).
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