Another Sunday, another great sermon. This time on kindness.
One aspect of kindness is incredibly exciting. The other is incredibly challenging.
Mark Twain said that ‘Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.’
Kindness is related to grace. Titus 3 v 4, ‘But when the kindness of God our Saviour and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us…’
Kindness is my thoughts, my attitude and my actions towards those who don’t deserve what I am doing for them.
God’s kindness towards us is insurmountable. It is incredible.
Ephesians 2 v 7, ‘He might show the incomparable riches of His grace expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.’
Kindness and grace are interwoven.
They are connected.
Ephesians 1 tells us so many ways that God has been kind to us. We are chosen. We are adopted. I belong to Jesus now and forever. We are redeemed. We are forgiven. He has chosen to never bring my wrongdoings against me. We are given the mystery of His will. We are sealed with the Holy Spirit. Our inheritance is guaranteed.
He is so faithful, He is so kind.
The world needs to see unusual kindness.
In Acts 26 and 27 Paul was on a ship. And as the ship moved along, a huge storm appeared and destroyed the entire vessel. But all the people on the ship were saved. And when they got to the island of Malta, Acts 28 v 2 says, ‘The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They build a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.’
It was unusual kindness because the passengers on this ship consisted of prisoners enroute to the highest court in the land. Probably serious criminals. And the islanders still showed them unusual kindness.
Kindness that is out of the ordinary.
The world needs to see unusual kindness as a demonstration of our faith. Our acts of kindness are an evangelical tool. Like when Jesus physically fed the people with bread and then shared the message of the bread of heaven with them.
The kindness to pay another’s debt.
In his letter to Philemon, Paul shows the kindness to pay another’s debt. What an incredible act of kindness. Paul was just so glad that he knew the One that had paid his debt, and that he could pay another. Paul was ensuring that this man could work for his living, that he would be received by Philemon, as if Philemon were receiving Paul himself.
In the Christian church, there should be no class. We are one in Christ.
This is the act of kindness.
Kindness to honour Jesus.
In 2 Samuel we are told a story about David, wishing to show kindness to a member of Saul’s house to whom he could show kindness. Because although Saul had tried to kill him, Saul’s son Jonathan had been his dear friend.
And they bring him a son of Jonathan, who was lame in both feet.
And David allows him to live in the Palace, he feeds him, he restores his land.
For the sake of Jonathan, David shows his son kindness.
And so, like this, we are called to live out acts of kindness to honour Jesus, for His sake.
For His glory.
Unusual kindness given in the name of Jesus.