…by Brian Walker
Greg really hit on some great points this week about kindness. One point that really stood out to me though was the idea that we are overwhelmed with God’s kindness. One idea presented in these two verses really helps me to appreciate God’s kindness. Take a second and think about these verses.
“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.” Colossians 1:21
“For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having be reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” Romans 5:10
I hope that you caught the reality that we were once enemies of God. That is a stark thought and something I think we readily lose sight of. It is this shift though from enemy to child of God that makes God’s kindness so amazing. Also, it seems very natural for us to focus primarily on Christ saving us because His actions are so positive and beautiful (we tend to like and dwell on the positive). But again we often skip over the reality that we are sinners and are still dependent upon God. When we focus solely upon Christ saving us, it can quickly decay into our thinking that we are good enough now with God because of what Christ did. This is true to some extent, but we need the contrast of who we are (sinners in need of God) with what Christ has done for (dying on the cross for us) and is doing (representing us before the Father [Jesus as High Priest]) for us to really understand, appreciate and be transformed by God’s kindness.
I would encourage you to take this passage from Romans to heart:
“Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance, and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness lead you toward repentance.” Romans 2:4
Before you pray at night, in the morning or even when you come to church Sunday morning, confess your sins to God, because as 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” This will help to give us a heart of repentance, which His kindness has led us to.
I also resonated with the idea that now we want the world to change. I think there are definitely some great ways to do this. Take a couple minutes and watch this video:
Perhaps like last week with patience, we need to take a second and see in what ways we can be kind to someone. Or even in conversations we have in what ways can we demonstrate kindness instead of anger. Be thinking of those this week. Thanks for reading.