Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
When should you one person be kind to another person? OK, this sounds a lot like a loaded question. I am sure that most people will answer, “always,” right? Well, that is the right answer. However, the next question is where things get personal. Are we always kind to one another? How about the person who just cut you off in traffic and now, you are going to be late because you had to wait through one extra light? How about the elderly woman ahead of you at the grocery store who seems to want to pay for her entire grocery bill in change from the bottom of her purse? Yea, that is hard, we all know.
Have you ever been nice to someone just because he or she is related to someone you know? Has your kindness extended to the friend of your friend just because your friend knew them? Sure, we have all done that. Did they earn your kindness or do anything for you to be kind to them? Nope. We just liked our friend or relative, so we extended that kindness to them also. That is exactly what this verse is saying. We should forgive and love one another because God did so for us. Did we deserve it? NO! However, for the sake of Christ who died for us, God forgave us. In the same manner, we are now to show love to others so they might also be drawn to the love of our Lord who loves and died for them as well. Even if they are playing their stereo so loud that from three lanes away with my windows up, I cannot hear mine, I need to be tenderhearted. Maybe that is also why we are to pray without ceasing! “Lord, help me to be kind.”
What does real kindness look like? Well, God so much loved you and me, and every person he ever created, that He gave His one and only begotten Son, to pay the ransom for our sin. If anyone will believe completely in His death and resurrection as the payment for their sin, and trust in what He did for the atonement of their sin, they will never ever have to worry about perishing but can rejoice in everlasting life.
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1 Samuel 3-5 / Psalm 106:1-15 / Proverbs 6 / Ephesians 3, 4
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
1 Samuel 25-27 / Luke 21
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