Why Be Kind? – 37

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The Gist:

Kindness is a missing ingredient in our families, in our interactions with people. It’s a lost art. A needed, beautiful trait that we miss.

Scriptures:

Truth: God is kind:

  • The Lord is righteous in everything he does; he is filled with kindness. Psalm 145:17
  • I led Israel along with my ropes of kindness and love. I lifted the yoke from his neck, and I myself stooped to feed him. Hosea 11:4 (NLT)
  • Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? Romans 2:4 NLT
  • He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. Ephesians 1:7 NLT
  • In order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:7 NLT

 Truth: So we should be kind:

  • Proverbs 3:3 Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder.  Write them deep within your heart. (NLT) {The Hebrew hā·nǎn, hōnēn, khonen has been variously translated “kindness, favor, sympathy, pity, compassion.”}
  • Proverbs 14:31Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. (NIV)
  • Proverbs 11:17 Your kindness will reward you, but your cruelty will destroy you. (NLT) {The term for kind here is hesed and is variously translated “kindness, favor, benevolence, faithfulness, mercy, loving-kindness, and loyal-love.”}
  • “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another. Zechariah 7:9 (NLT)
  • Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colossians 3:12 NLT

Quotes:

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty. Mother Teresa

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