Sunday, May 9, 2021
"As the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another."
(Colossians 3:12-13 NKJV)
In an "in your face, road rage" world, Christians have an opportunity to display the Godly traits mentioned by Paul in the above Scripture. The Christian trait I will talk about this week is "kindness."
The Greek word Chrestotes (pronounced Khra-stot-ace) "conveys the idea of a moral goodness that enables a person to be friendly and kind toward others. God's own kindness is unlimited, enabling him to act as a friend even to those who are His enemies (Rom. 2:4; 11:22; Ephe. 2:7; and Titus 3:4.” (Expository Dictionary of Bible Words, Richards). PLEASE take time to read these Scriptures in your Bible.
Billy Graham said this about "kindness." "Kindness, or gentleness, is a term that comes from a Greek word referring to the kindness that pervades and penetrates the whole nature. Gentleness washes away all that is harsh and austere. Indeed, gentleness is love enduring. Jesus was a gentle person. When He came into the world, there were few institutions of mercy. There mental institutions, few places of refuge for the poor, few homes for orphans, few havens for the forsaken. In comparison to today, it was a cruel world. Christ changed that. Wherever true Christianity has gone His followers have performed acts of gentleness and kindness."
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23).
By God's Grace, In His Love, Thankful for His Kindness,
-Pastor Buddy Turner