Monday, May 24, 2010

Day 32 - Christ's Kindness

Titus 3:3-8

In my last post, I talked of the kindness that God has extended to us and how we should be an extension of that kindness towards others. The kindness He poured out on us to mercifully is life changing, and we should show it! This doesn’t mean that all of a sudden all of our actions towards others magically become kind, it takes work! The loving kindness of God should help us move in that direction so that every day we become more like Him and showing kindness becomes part of our nature. Please look up Titus 3:3-8.

I think sometimes we grasp the kindness of our Savior better when we remember what He has saved us from. I am not saying that we need to dwell on our sin; however, if we find difficulty to show kindness to others it helps to remember the kindness shown to us. “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another,” Titus 3:3. Yikes! By all accounts, we definitely didn’t deserve to experience mercy from God. But His love for us showed us His incredible kindness! “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy,” Titus 3:4-5. Knowledge of this empowers us to show kindness.

Please look up 2 Peter 1:3-11. Kindness is an expectation to living a godly life but it takes work. I think it is important to remember that the world is watching. I think for most people it is because they want to see a difference in those who follow Christ. They want to see why we follow Him and if it really makes a difference. Verses 8-9 shows the importance of kindness in our faith walk, “For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.” If we do not show kindness our faith is ineffective and unproductive. That is very strong! I don’t want to be ineffective and unproductive. The other phrase that stuck out at me was “in increasing measure.” We are to continue to show more and more kindness every day. We don’t run out, we grow it. Remember that this is a fruit that God expects; just like a fruit tree, as it matures and is pruned it grows more fruit each season.

Are you tapping into God’s “divine power” to show kindness?

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