Summary: We continue with the message of kindness as we look at Luke 6 and speak of Giving Away our lives.
1. Conspire to give away kindness purposefully
A boy came home one day to find his mother sitting at the table with a homeless man. Apparently she had gone shopping, met the tramp along the way, and invited him home for a warm meal. During the conversation the man said, "I wish there were more people like you in the world." Whereupon his mother replied, "Oh, there are. But you must look for them." The old man simply shook his head, saying. "But, lady, I didn’t need to look for you… you looked for me."
I think sometimes we equate kindness with being “reactive”.
So often kindness is about going through life and not hurting or harming someone or something.
So often kindness is about letting others come to you and responding.
So often kindness is about waiting and then “not” responding in a certain way.
Christ experienced kindness is different.
Christ filled kindness is about being proactive, it’s the kind of stuff that pursues people!
Christ filled kindness is not just about your friends, is even more so about your non-friends & enemies, too!
the people who hate you
the people who curse you
the people who talk about you behind your back and discredit you
the people who don’t apologize for the wrong they’ve done in you life
the people who mistreat you
Whenever you see the word “but” or “therefore” in the scriptures look at the previous section.
He has just spent a long night in prayer; He has just selected the disciples; He seeks out to talk to the new 12 and a huge crowd appears from nowhere.He has just healed, and cured, and cast out spirits that the word says so much energy was surging from Him. He’s pouring out all of himself - He’s emptying Himself.
Then He speaks of “blessings”:
20-23"You’re blessed when you’ve lost it all ... You’re blessed when you’re ravenously hungry ... You’re blessed when the tears flow freely ... Count yourself blessed every time someone cuts you down or throws you out, every time someone smears or blackens your name to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and that that person is uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—skip like a lamb, if you like!—for even though they don’t like it, I do . . . and all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company; my preachers and witnesses have always been treated like this.
And then, in pretty much all our translations I believe they cut the section at the wrong place starting with verse 27 and label it “Loving you enemies”. Instead it makes much better to place the divide at the 24th verse, and I love the heading that the Message translation provides: “Giving Away Your Life”.
Yes, Jesus talks about more than just how to love your neighbor - he talks of giving away your life. And that’s so much of what kindness entails.
2. Conspire to be “un-satisfied”
There’s trouble ahead when you stop emptying; when you get full