The Perfection of Love - Kindness
Theme: Actively doing good toward others. 1 Cor. 13:4
- If patience (as used in this text) is the ability to passively endure the wrong someone has done against you, then kindness is the ability to actively seek goodness toward others.
- While we know what kindness is and how to be kind toward others, we’re far from perfect in displaying this through the context of love.
- Think about it, sometimes we do kind acts begrudgingly; guilt; favor; obligation.
- Further, we may limit who receives our “kindness”
Kindness – Doing Good to Another
- It is easy showing kindness to those whom you love (or those who are kind to you).
- How easy is it to show kindness to those who hate you?
- Would you show kindness to someone wanting to sue you; hurt you; abuse your liberty; or take advantage of your personal property? Matt. 5:38-42
- It would certainly be easier to retaliate and feel justified. 1 Cor. 6:1ff
What Kindness looks Like: Loving Your Neighbor
- A neighbor doesn’t necessarily look like someone who is “religious”.
- A neighbor doesn’t necessarily look like a person with a perceived upstanding reputation.
- No, a neighbor looks just like an ordinary man extending kindness under extra-ordinary circumstances. Lk. 10:25-37
- SUMMARY: A neighbor is someone who practices “true and undefiled religion.” Jas. 1:27
- Love is perfected not only be enduring the wrongs against you, but also extending kindness in typically unlikely situations.
- May God bless us to open our hearts and arms to all, including strangers and enemies by showing them the perfection of love through our kindness.