Summary: God calls us to live a life of kindness because of the kindness we have been given in Christ
Conspiracy of Kindness
June 9, 2002
A train was filled with tired people. Most of them had spent the day traveling through the hot dusty plains and at last evening had come and they all tried to settle down to a sound sleep. However, at one end of the car a man was holding a tiny baby and as night came on the baby became restless and cried more and more. Unable to take it any longer, a big brawny man spoke for the rest of the group. "Why don’t you take that baby to its mother?" There was a moment’s pause and then came the reply. "I’m sorry. I’m doin’ my best. The baby’s mother is in her casket in the baggage car ahead."
Again there was an awful silence for a moment. Then the big man who asked the cruel question was out of his seat and moved toward the man with the motherless child. He apologized for his impatience and unkind remark. He took the tiny baby in his own arms and told the tired father to get some sleep. Then in loving patience he cared for the little child all through the night.
Kindness will influence more than eloquence
Kindness seems to be a thing of the past. Our culture is swept more and more into the mindset of an “eye for an eye.” Every day there are more and more examples of just how cruel people can be to one another. Our society is filled with things like road rage, revenge hit lists in our schools and
Can we really make a difference in our society? The answer is yes and the difference that we can make begins with being examples of simple Christian kindness. Before we being this morning let me ask one question: “What does it really mean to be kind?”
I. Kindness is a calling
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
A. The meaning of kindness
1. The basic meaning
a.) Kindness means to be good, useful and helpful, considerate and gracious in all situations regardless of circumstances
b.) This is indeed a difficult calling to answer but it is an essential one that we must answer to grow more like Christ
2. The deeper implications
a.) Acknowledgment: Kindness means that we care for the feelings of others and feel with them
b.) Active: Kindness shows caring and gets right into the situation with the person
c.) Awareness: Kindness suffers with those who suffer, struggles with those who struggle and works with those who work
B. The motivation of kindness
1. Three key terms
a.) Kindness: The Greek term for kindness comes from the same word that we get our terms kin or kindred. This literally means that we are to treat others like their own family
b.) Compassionate: This means to show mercy, understanding, love and tenderness. It means to be aware of a person’s hurts, sufferings and problems. Compassion is the first step to being kind
c.) Forgiving: This means to be gracious towards others and not to hold grudges or seek vengeance for wrongs committed against you. It is to pardon others for the wrongs they have done and no longer hold it against them.
2. The key to kindness