Jan 27, 2019
Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:12
DEFINING KINDNESS . . .
Kindness is a display of the character and heart of God that speaks to every human soul.
EXPRESSING KINDNESSS . . .
“ . . . so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:7
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
“In this batch of mail, I also received a letter from Pastor Ken Smith, then—pastor of the Syracuse Reformed Presbyterian Church. It was a kind and inquiring letter. It encouraged me to explore the kind of questions I admire: How did you arrive at your interpretations/. How do you know you are right? Do you believe in God? He didn’t argue with my article; he asked me to explore and defend the presuppositions that undergirded it. I didn’t really know how to respond to Ken’s letter, but I found myself reading and re-reading it. I didn’t know which box to file this letter in, and so it sat on my desk and haunted me . . . I threw it away a few times but always found myself digging through the department’s recycling bin to reclaim it at the day’s end . . . It was the kindest letter of opposition that I had ever received. After a week, I called (him).” Rosaria Butterfield, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert
“ . . . God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance.” Romans 2:4
“Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.” Proverbs 27:5-6