29th April 2019

Being Kind Is More Important

“The Spirit however, produces in human life fruits such as these: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, fidelity, tolerance, and self control—and no law exists against any of them.”
Galatians 5:22-23 (Philips)

Jesus always taught the law of kindness. Many times he took on the Scribes and Pharisees and others by pointing out this beautiful mindset—a mindset that sees beyond the letter of the law and allows the very nature of God to be the controlling force in its reaction to circumstances.

For example, one Sabbath day he was teaching in the synagogue when he noticed a woman who was bent double and couldn’t straighten up. Calling her over, he laid his hands on her and told her, “You are set free from your illness!” She straightened up and praised God. But surprise, surprise, the president of the synagogue was not happy! According to him and his understanding of the Law of Moses, by doing this Jesus had broken the Sabbath command! No kindness here then. Addressing him and I guess the congregation of the synagogue, Jesus calls them “Hypocrites!” And adds that every one of them that morning would have untied his ox or his donkey and led it to water and goes on to say that if they can do this to an animal on the Sabbath, surely this dear woman should be released, untied from her bondage after eighteen years, on the Sabbath! (Luke 13:10-16).

In this context Paul tells the little church at Corinth in his letter, “Since you have been chosen by God who has given you this new kind of life, and because of his deep love and concern for you, you should practice tenderhearted mercy and kindness to others” (Colossians 3:12 TLB).

What about the kindness of God then? Well, it flows from his very nature; it is love in action and for what purpose? Again, Paul hits the nail on the head when he writes—“Don’t you realise that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4). So, is that how we react to his kindness towards us or do we just forget and walk away? I think that’s a question for all of us!

Prayer
Thank you for your great compassion and kindness, Father. We realise that we don’t really deserve it but understand that it flows from you each day as a perfect gift and a morning blessing!
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill
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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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