Romans 2:4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
Our recent posts have focused on trusting God and having our prayers answered. In the same manner today’s post shares tips that help improve your relationships with others and God. Being kind to others activates God’s promise to forgive us. Those wishing to receive God’s blessings and benefit from His promises must first repent, and seek God’s forgiveness. An oft overlooked factor here is that you must forgive others if you wish to be forgiven. One way to forgive another is to be kind even when kindness seems undeserved.
Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.
Each believer is faced with many challenges and obstacles in life. At times these trials may seem insurmountable. But God’s love, grace and mercy provide us the victory.
TIPS ON WHY TO BE KIND TO OTHERS
1. Be kind and love one another because the bible tells us to do so.
1 Thessalonians 4:9 Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;
2 Timothy 2:24 The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged,
2. Repent to clear the way for prayers to be heard. Most believers call on the Lord in prayer when they face sickness, financial distress, loss of loved one, etc..
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
God loves us and wants only the best for us. However, we must act according to His will.
Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?
3. Much is expected from those who have.
Matthew 13:12 (KJV) For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
If you can give, then you have it to give. The giver usually is not stressed about the gift being given. However, the recipient is frequently stressed by the lack. Yet, the more you give the more you receive. This concept goes far beyond possessions and material things. The individual who gives and share freely from the heart is repaid in multiple ways—finances, health, relationships, peace, happiness and joy. The non-believer tends to focus their ideas of success and plenty on worldly accomplishments. The believer recognizes that these things—riches, fine cars, top paying jobs, power—can easily be wiped away. However the benefits provided by God are everlasting.
Luke 6:35 “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.
4. Situations of today are short-term. The person with a happy family today may become, jobless, homeless or threatened by a life-challenging health issue tomorrow. The battleground for the believer in such situations while not smooth has the assurance that the battle is being fought by the Lord and therefore has already been won. Should the worst happen [death], that is not the end but the beginning of a new phase in our Christian life.
Jeremiah 9:24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises loving kindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.
Ephesians 2:7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
5. Obedience brings rewards. “ When we are being obedient to God, we are doing just that: knowing Him, loving Him, and having a personal, intimate relationship with Him. To do this, we must be attentive to God’s laws. This is not an option, because you can’t have an intimate relationship with Jesus and trample on the words He taught. Being obedient to God is not the same as sticking to the speed limit because you get a fine if you disobey. Obedience to God is living God’s Word because you want to and enjoy being filled with the love of Jesus. John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
Acts 14:17 and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”
Daniel 4:27 ‘Therefore, O king, may my advice be pleasing to you: break away now from your sins by doing righteousness and from your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor, in case there may be a prolonging of your prosperity.’
Our Christian walk is filled with many potholes, hills and valleys. Safe navigation is facilitated by having a close and healthy relationship with Jesus. One way of enhancing this relationship is to show Jesus’s love [unconditional love] to those you encounter along your path. Like and love are not synonymous. You can show agape love [unconditional love] while not liking or approving certain behaviors. One key to this dilemma is to show love and kindness regardless. Love the individual, not the behavior.
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Healthy Life Church Ministry Team