Date: March 7, 2021 ()

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Scriptural references:

Ecclesiastes 11:1-3
Luke 6:27-35
1 Corinthians 13:1-7
Ephesians 4:30-32
1 Peter 3:8-16

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
-John Wesley

Some false theories regarding Kindness

  • Kindness is the first commandment - Matthew 22:37-40
  • Kindness supersedes confronting about sin - Proverbs 17:9; 28:13
  • Kindness is accepting of all people - 1 John

Biblical teaching on kindness

The OT teaching

  • Kindness is part of God’s nature
    • Psalm 25:6-8
    • Psalm 10
    • Psalm 31:21
    • Psalm117:2
  • Pray for God’s kindness upon the righteous
    • Genesis 24:12
  • Kindness can be hurtful to the receiver
    • Proverbs 27:6, 17
  • Kindness should be sought to perform
    • 2 Samuel 9:1-3, 7

The NT teaching

  • Kindness does not have to be reciprocal or rewarded
    • Matthew 5:43-47
    • Matthew 6:1-4
  • Kindness can bring repentance
    • Romans 2:1-4
  • Kindness is commanded
    • Ephesians 4:31-32
  • Kindness is powerful
    • Titus 3:3-7

Some Practical applications of kindness for today

  • Kindness is evidence of the Spirit’s working in your life
    • Galatians 5:22-23
    • 2 Peter 1:3-8
  • Kindness should be a replacement for carnal traits
    • Galatians 5:22-24
    • Colossians 3
  • Kindness is an attribute that should be in our prayer life
    • Matthew 6:12
    • Luke 11
  • Kindness is part of the most honorable trait –Charity
    • 1 Corinthians 13
  • Kindness makes us more like our Master
    • The Gospels

“Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.”
–Blaise Pascal

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