God's Kindness Toward You
There is a word for love in action, and it's called kindness. Kindness is simply love in action. It's not a feeling. It is something we do. Kindness is so important that God sent us an example named Jesus Christ. If we want to know what kindness is just look at Jesus.
John 13:15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.
I want to take a look at How Jesus is kind to us and what our response to others should because of his kindness.
HOW IS JESUS KIND TO ME?
1. JESUS UNDERSTANDS MY WEAKNESSES
Understanding and kindness go together. The more understanding we are of a person, the kinder we're going to be to them.
Heb. 4:15-16 Jesus understands our weaknesses, for he faced the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Since Jesus understands my weaknesses, I should be gentle not judgmental.
When people are having a tough time, dealing with issues, having problems and they've got weaknesses and are being tempted, we should be gentle with them. Why? Because God is gentle and kind with us. Giving others kindness and grace even when they don’t deserve it… because that’s exactly what Jesus did for us. That's kindness.
2. JESUS TELLS ME THE TRUTH
John 8:32 (Jesus) You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.
Jesus loves you just the way you are, but He loves you too much to let you stay that way. So He tells us the truth. Why? Because it is the truth that sets us free. He tells you the truth about yourselves, your motives, your relationships, your sin, what's right and what's wrong.
Sometimes the kindest thing you can do for somebody is tell them the truth from a place of love.
Ephesians 4:15 We will speak the truth in love, growing in everyway more and more like Christ.
Proverbs 24:26 "An honest answer is the sign of a true friendship."
A real friend tells you when you're making a mistake. They tell you from a place of love, and then they are there to help you. A real friend tells you when you've got spinach in your teeth. A real friend walks in when other people walk out.
What's the difference between being critical and being kind when you confront with the truth? The difference is motive. When you confront a person, are you doing it to put them down or to build them up? Are you doing it for their benefit or your own? To condemn them or to protect them? As parents, we have to learn how to affirm the child while correcting the behavior. There's a balance there.
3. JESUS FORGIVES MY SIN
Because He's kind, He forgives my sin, my faults, my mistakes, my errors.
One of the things that Jesus taught is God doesn't carry a grudge. He is not the God of shame. He forgives my sins. Because I deserve it? Not a chance. But out of His kindness, His grace. Some people were raised by unpleasable parents and they've taken that image and switched it over to God. That's not right. He is a forgiving God.
Romans 3:23-24 For everyone has sinned...yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty of our sins.
God, because He's kind, wipes out your record. He wipes the slate clean. There is no condemnation if you put your faith in Christ. That's good news!
Ephesians 4:32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Since Jesus forgives my sin, I should forgive other people.
We talk about forgiveness a lot here at Seminole Church. If we have a tough time being forgiving, it's probably because we don't feel forgiven. Graced people are gracious people. People who have received God's mercy are able to be merciful to others. People who understand how much they've been forgiven find it easy to forgive others. Anytime I start having a difficult time forgiving somebody all I have to do is stop and remember, “I will never have to forgive another person more than what God has already forgiven me.” It helps me be forgiving. So just like Christ. I'm to forgive others, to let it go.
The secret of kindness is to experience God's kindness yourself.
Maybe the reason you have a hard time being forgiving and being kind and understanding is because you've never felt that way by God and you need to realize how kind God is to you. When you honestly capture God's kindness to you, He is irresistible. You can't get away from it. Your self esteem is based on who you think the greatest person in your life thinks about you. Again, I urge you to make Jesus Christ the most important person in your life. Nobody will ever love you more than he does.